9 May 2024

UK: Another Tory defection as party results sting

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 9 May 2024
File photo of Conservative MP for Dover, Natalie Elphicke, who has just defected to Labour.


UK correspondent Matt Dathan looks at another damaging defection for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to Labour, this time of Natalie Elphicke over the issue of immigration.

Matt looks at why her move could also be a blow for Labour.

It comes as the Tories try to pick themselves up after their worst results in more than 40 years, following the weekend's local elections.

Home secretary James Cleverly has announced a new package of measures against Russia as he revealed new spying activity being carried out by Moscow in the UK.

And US anti-Israel protests have inspired a dozen sit-ins at UK universities.

Matt Dathan is Home Affairs Editor at The Times