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A ‘Red Wall’ Tory MP has defected to Labour in protest over the “partygate” scandal. Christian Wakeford, MP for Bury South elected in the 2019 washout, made his defection public just moments before Boris Johnson faced MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon.

Mr Wakeford was cheered by Labour MPs as he took his place for the first time on the opposition side at PMQ’s.

He sat on the second row directly behind Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader. 

In a dmaning letter to the Prime Minister, the newly Labour MP said he “reached the conclusion that the best interests of my constituents are served by the programme put forward by Keir Starmer and his party”.

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