Former Tory MP Sam Gyimah defects to Lib Dems in protest over Brexit

Former Conservative MP Sam Gyimah who backed calls for a second referendum has joined the Liberal Democrats.

Six MPs have defected to the party in recent weeks, including former Tory MP Philip Lee, and ex-Labour MPs Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna. 

Mr Gyimah was one of the 21 Tories who had the Conservative whip removed after rebelling against Boris Johnson in a bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

The 43-year-old briefly stood in the race to become Conservative Party leader after Mrs May resigned.

The Lib Dems currently now have 18 MPs, having been boosted by a victory in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election and the defections.

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