BBC Question Time audience member in Stoke-on-Trent slams 'betrayal'

The Stoke-on-Trent resident shared his views with Fiona Bruce and the panel -Credit:BBC
The Stoke-on-Trent resident shared his views with Fiona Bruce and the panel -Credit:BBC

A BBC Question Time audience member didn't hold back in expressing his anger at former Tory MP Natalie Elphicke's switch to Labour, describing it as a 'betrayal'. The Stoke-on-Trent resident shared his views with Fiona Bruce and the panel, likening Elphicke's party change to a football player switching sides mid-match.

He said: "I like football, if I go to a football match and watch the players in blue, and halfway through when they're losing they put a red shirt on and play for the opposition, I'd be very angry as a fan. And the voters should be very angry too."

He went on a rant as Question Time was filmed at the King's Hall in Stoke before being aired on BBC One at 11pm tonight. Ahead of the filming, a protest was held in support of Palestine as the Israel-Hamas war continues to rage on in Gaza.

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Elphicke, the MP for Dover, was seen sitting behind Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer during Prime Minister's Question Time on Wednesday. Known for her hardline stance on immigration and criticism of Labour's plans to reduce it, her party swap raised eyebrows across the political spectrum.

Tom Tugendhat found it "remarkable" that Starmer welcomed Elphicke into the Labour fold, especially when there's "no room" for figures like Jeremy Corbyn or Diane Abbott, reports the Express.

The security minister expressed his views on Sky News's Politics Hub, remarking: "He's got a party that has Zarah Sultana on one side and Natalie Elphicke on the other but has no room for the guy he wanted to put into Number 10 only a few years ago, Jeremy Corbyn, or Diane Abbott, who's been campaigning for the Labour movement for what is it, 20 or 30 years? It's a remarkable thing."

Conservative MP For Dover Natalie Elphicke Defects To Labour During PMQs
Conservative MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke defects to Labour during PMQS -Credit:(Image: Getty)

When questioned about whether political parties win from the centre ground, Mr Tugendhat affirmed: "Yes I do, which is why I've always been a strong advocate of centrist policies... but it's not just from the centre ground: you've got to actually have values and things that people understand."

He also added: "And I like Keir, he's a decent guy, but I have no idea what he stands for."

Penny Mordaunt humorously claimed she is "too left wing" for Labour while discussing Tory chances in Dover, saying they were "slightly improved" following Ms Elphicke's switch.

The Commons Leader described Ms Elphicke's move from the Government benches to Labour just before Prime Minister's Questions as a "personal tragedy" but suggested it revealed a "pattern of behaviour" by Sir Keir Starmer.

She likened the Labour leader to a crab, picking "sedentary creatures and seaweed" to "disguise its true form" accusing him of orchestrating "Operation Radish" to seem "red on the outside" to the electorate.

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