A former minister in David Cameron’s government has revealed he voted for Labour in 1997 and will do so again in today’s local elections.
Nick Boles served as skills minister from 2014 to 2016 and was first elected as a councillor for the party in 1998 – just a year after he voted for Labour.
Boles left the Conservative party in 2019 after nine years as an MP.
“First time I’ve voted Labour since an equally glorious May morning in 1997,” Boles said.
The revelation, understandably, led to shock – and prompted one Labour MP to thank him.
Shadow cabinet member Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central simply said: “Thanks Nick”.