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Who are the Tory MPs planning to defect to Labour?

Westminster is awash with chatter about the identity of the mystery Tory MPs threatening to defect to the Labour party.  

Nigel Adams MP even tweeted a picture of himself pointing accusingly at Jacob Rees-Mogg, along with the caption: “It’s important to leave no stone unturned as we aim to identify potential defectors to Labour.”

So far, we have a few tantalising hints. Senior Labour sources briefed the Sunday Times that “at least half a dozen” Tory MPs were considering switching allegiance in the aftermath of last week’s by-election trouncings.

The Telegraph puts the number of Tory MPs considering defecting at three – all of them male – while the Guardian’s Jess Elgot reports that one MP is in “advanced discussions” about crossing the aisle and a second is in talks with a Labour MP about doing the same. Both MPs are from the 2019 intake, and one has a marginal seat.

Several prime suspects have denied any involvement. Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison was so outraged that her name had been mentioned that she tweeted: “For the avoidance of doubt, again, I’m not bloody defecting.”

Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, and Gary Sambrook, who represents Birmingham Northfield, have batted away allegations. Largan joked he was too working class for Labour.

During an appearance at the New Statesman’s Politics Live conference today, Sir Keir Starmer refused to deny reports that Labour is in talks with several would-be Tory defectors.

It’s obviously in Labour’s interest to stir the pot. Even so, the rumours aren’t going away…

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Ben Wallace speech: A real danger that Russia will lash out against Europe

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Ursula Von der Leyen forgets LNG is a fossil fuel 

The EU has announced its intention to end its reliance on fossil fuel… by switching to another fossil fuel.

“We must get rid of our dependence on fossil fuel,” President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, tweeted. “And we already see the results: for example, American LNG deliveries are up 75%.”

An admirable commitment, you might think. Under the REPowerEU initiative, the EU is seeking to “rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition.”

The problem is that LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is a fossil fuel – using it as a replacement would hardly be the climate-friendly revolution that Von der Leyen was aiming for. In fact, experts have warned that LNG could be just as bad for the environment as coal.

The Tweet, unsurprisingly, has since been deleted.