Sandbach to stand for the Liberal Democrats
Antoinette Sandbach, the MP for Eddisbury and former member of the Conservative party, has joined the Liberal Democrats.
After voting to take a no-deal Brexit off the table, Sandbach was one of 21 Tory MPs to have the whip withdrawn.
Following this, Sandbach remained in the House as an independent but she has now announced she will stand again in her constituency, representing the Liberal Democrats.
Describing how the Tory party had “moved their values”, Sandbach said voters “have a very clear choice. The Conservative Party offers years of uncertainty, while the Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit.
“I will stand on my strong local record, helping to secure local investment, fighting for fair funding for our schools and to secure additional funding in local health services.
“Our country deserves so much better than Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.”
Sandbach becomes the eighth MP to join the Liberal Democrats this year and the fifth former Tory. She follows Sam Gyimah, a former minister and candidate in the Conservative leadership contest, Sarah Wollaston and Philip Lee.
Jo Swinson, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, welcomed the news, describing Sandbach as a “passionate campaigner” and saying she would be a “fantastic candidate.”
Going further, Swinson said: “Her defection clearly shows that the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and attracting support from right across the political spectrum.”
In the 2017 election, Sandbach built a 12,000 majority over Labour with the Liberal Democrat candidate coming in third with 2,804 votes. Eddisbury has been a Conservative seat ever since it was created in 1983.
The Conservative Party have not yet announced who their new candidate will be.