Labour's Will Scobie has crossed the floor and joined the Conservative Party.
Labour's best chance of winning the South Thanet parliamentary seat has, today, announced that he will be standing as a Conservative candidate instead.
Speaking candidly at a press conference yesterday Will said that locally, at least, the two parties were so similar that they might as well be considered the same. Will also told shocked listeners that he had started to see that nationally the Labour party was far further to the left than he liked and now that the more extreme elements of the conservatives had outed themselves by joining UKIP he would feel much more at home with what was left of the conservative ranks.
The move, which has caused uproar in the Labour ranks was met with tight lipped silence from family members who clearly disapproved. His father suggested to press after that this was simply a case of youthful rebellion and that this was just a phase that Will needed to get out of his system.
No serious politician wants to be a Tory, he said.
All children experiment with things like drugs and Tory politics while at university and it was nothing to be ashamed of.
Clive Hart could not be reached for comment but is expected to give Will a mean look and block him on twitter until he repents - something people close to the leader expect should happen
any time now really.