I think more for the fact that he stood IN Liverpool last year during the leadership contest and said he wouldn’t give any interviews to The S*n.Anyway, on The Sun thing, it's not like this hasn't happened before. It's more a surprise that it's still happening now just on the basis that that paper really isn't what it used to be in terms of reach - it should be far more of an open-shut decision than it used to be.
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100%. Even the MPs that stood down and endorsed the Tories in 2019 haven't been able to bring themselves to actually join them permanently - they sit as crossbenchers in the Lords.Defections would surprise me (especially to the Conservatives). It always felt far more taboo, for want of a better term, to defect from Labour to the Conservatives (the reverse was not uncommon for a while). Labour members tended to ‘defect’ (and usually then only informally) on leaving parliament altogether rather than try to sit as Conservative MPs. Also the Labour parliamentary party is so relatively small that would seem in and of itself to limit the possibility.
Exactly this. Labour to Conservative defections seems like the dog that never quite barks.100%. Even the MPs that stood down and endorsed the Tories in 2019 haven't been able to bring themselves to actually join them permanently - they sit as crossbenchers in the Lords.