Three Labour MPs ready to QUIT party and join Tories in latest crisis for Sir Keir Starmer

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With the Holborn and St Pancras MP failing to make inroads against the Tories in the polls, the trio are said to have decried to “open lines of communication” with the governing party. Conversations are understood to have begun last week during Labour’s annual conference in Brighton.

A series of internal battles overshadowed the gathering at which Sir Keir made his first in-person conference speech as leader.

Multiple Labour MPs were horrified after deputy leader Angela Rayner embarked on a foul-mouthed rant branding the Conservatives “racist” and “scum”.

A row over the rules for electing the Labour leader also broke out at the conference.

In further chaotic scenes, a member of the shadow cabinet resigned, accusing the leadership of not promoting radical left-wing policies, and Corbynites heckled Sir Keir throughout his conference speech.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the three MPs held conversations with Conservative whips about orchestrating a switch of allegiance.

Sir Keir’s efforts to regain control of the party from the radical Left have failed to persuade the MPs it is worth remaining in the party.

From today, Conservative MPs and supporters are gathered in Manchester for their own party conference.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the annual meet to pledge to taking “big, bold decisions” to rebuild the country after Covid.

Speaking ahead of today’s conference opening, he said: “We didn’t go through Covid to go back to how things were before – to the status quo ante.

“Build back better means we want things to change and improve as we recover.

“That means taking the big, bold decisions on the priorities people care about – like on social care, on supporting jobs, on climate change, tackling crime and levelling up.”

Party conferences have previously been used by politicians to show off defectors.

In 2019, former Conservative MP Sam Gyimah was unveiled at the Liberal Democrats’ conference as their newest recruit.

Meanwhile, Tory MP Mark Reckless announced on the eve of the Conservative conference in 2014 that he was quitting to join Ukip.

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A Labour MP has not joined the Conservatives in over 40 years.

The last time the switch was made was by Reg Prentice in 1977 when Labour’s James Callaghan was Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher was in charge of the opposition.

With conversations about quitting Labour only starting last week, it is unlikely the three MPs will be announced as joining the Conservatives at any point this week in Manchester.

Their decision to leave would be a huge blow to Sir Keir in his bid to turn Labour into an election-winning machine.

A poll by Opinium last night found the Opposition had decreased their vote share following the week in Brighton.

An online survey of 2,004 UK adults conducted between September 29 to October 1 found 39 percent would back the Tories at an election compared to 35 percent for Labour.

The findings indicate a drop of one percent for the opposition compared to a week ago.

Sir Keir’s personal net satisfaction rating also remains stubbornly low at minus five percent.

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