December 29, 2006
Lib Dem trio become Conservatives (BBC, 12/29/06)
Three Liberal Democrats who stood at last year's general election have joined the Conservative Party.Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2006 5:59 PM
Richard Porter, who fought Camberwell and Peckham, and John Barstow, who stood at Tonbridge and Malling, have switched parties.
Tariq Mahmood, a physician who contested Uxbridge, also moved, saying the Tories "could make the NHS better".
Tory party chairman Francis Maude said the trio's move marked "a tremendous end to a great year for the party".