Former candidate defects from Liberal Democrats

Today's Independent reports that Adrian Graves, the former Lib Dem candidate for London South Inner in the European Parliamentary Elections of 1994 has defected to the Conservatives.  He said his decision was in response to David Cameron modernising the Conservatives rather than as a result of the 'catastrophe' in the Liberal Democrats after the resignations of Charles Kennedy and Mark Oaten.

Mr Graves also stood for election to the House of Commons as unsuccessful candidate in Suffolk West in both 1997 and 2005.  Predicting that other Liberal Democrat members would join the Tories, he said: "I am sure I am not going to be the only one." He believed that some Labour members alienated by Tony Blair's presidential style would also switch to Mr Cameron.

His defection means that all three of the major parties' candidates in our seat in 1994 - Richard Balfe, Andrew Boff and Adrian Graves - are now members of the Conservative Party.  Between them they polled 131,646 votes:  over 94% of those cast.


The Independent