A former Tory council leader defecting to Labour took the gloss off Tuesday's opening of the Conservative Party con...
A former Tory council leader defecting to Labour took the gloss off Tuesday's opening of the Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth.
The defector was Ted Shelton, leader of Breckland DC between 1982 and 1987 and between 1992 and 1995, when he lost his seat.
Labour seemed unsure of Mr Shelton's status. Its first fax, warning the media about a photocall, called him a 'leading Tory'. A day later he was a 'leading East Anglian Tory', and by the final fax he was a 'Norfolk Tory'.
He had been election agent for former Tory chief whip Richard Ryder. He wrote to Mr Ryder: 'I have seen a Tory government become ever more concerned with [its] own interests rather than the interests of the people it was elected to represent.'