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UK: Major setback for Rishi Sunak as Conservative MP defects, accuses party of ‘incompetence’

London: In a major setback for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, a Conservative MP defected to the opposition Labour, accusing the party of becoming a “byword for incompetence and division”. Natalie Elphicke, MP for Dover who was a staunch critic of the Labour Party, accused Sunak of “broken promises” and abandoning key pledges in her resignation statement on Wednesday.

This marks the second defection from the Conservations to Labour in two weeks and comes on the back of bruising local election results for the governing party. “When I was elected in 2019, the Conservative Party occupied the centre ground of British politics. The party was about building the future and making the most of the opportunities that lay ahead for our country,” Elphicke said in her letter.

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