Former Conservative Assembly Member defects to the Liberal Democrats
A former Conservative Assembly Member has defected to the Liberal Democrats at the beginning of the General Election campaign.
Antoinette Sandbach was elected as a Welsh Assembly Member for the North Wales region at the 2011 election. She was then elected as the Member of Parliament for Eddisbury in Cheshire at the 2015 general election.
Sandbach had the Conservative whip removed in September, and later lost a vote of no confidence in the Eddisbury Conservative Association.
“I’m standing as a Liberal Democrat because of the values of the party,” she said. “I could have chosen to stand as an independent . . . I want to stand for a progressive centre-ground liberal party.
“And I see the two main parties being stuck in the past and floating off to two extremes. And the Liberal Democrats reflect my values.
“The policy is to revoke if they get a majority government. And if they get a majority government, the reality is the most up-to-date vote from the British electorate would be to elect a parliament that have that mandate.”