A former Labour minister has revealed he is voting Tory – after branding Jeremy Corbyn a threat to the UK.
Tom Harris, who was MP for Glasgow South, said that he would be backing Boris Johnson 'in order to protect the country I love'.
In an extraordinary intervention, he condemned some Labour candidates who 'continue to spout racist, anti-Semitic hatred'.
He also described Mr Corbyn as a threat to the Union and to national security who 'never failed to offer comfort to Britain's enemies'.
Mr Harris, who once ran for the party leadership in Scotland, is the latest Labour veteran to condemn his own party and urge supporters to switch their allegiance to the Conservatives.
Last night, Tory MSP Annie Wells said: 'This is an important intervention from a highly respected former Labour MP.
Tom Harris, (pictured in 2011) who was MP for Glasgow South, said that he would be backing Boris Johnson 'in order to protect the country I love'
Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in Blackpool yesterday) has suffered another former Labour minister throwing support behind the Tories ahead of next month's election
'Labour voters don't have to agree with everything the Scottish Conservatives do or say.
'But if they're serious about keeping Scotland in the UK and finally moving on from a decade of chaos and division, there really is only one party for them.'
Writing in today's Mail, Mr Harris said Mr Corbyn 'cannot and must not be trusted with the security of our nation'.
He added: 'Nor, frankly, can he be trusted with safeguarding the Union from further attempts to divide it, because it is clear that it means very little to him and his cohorts.'
Mr Harris, 55, was elected to the House of Commons at the 2001 General Election for the Glasgow seat of Cathcart following the retirement of the Labour MP John Maxton.
His seat was abolished following the creation of the Scottish parliament and the subsequent reduction in the number of Scottish seats at Westminster.
Mr Harris, a transport minister under Tony Blair, represented the new seat of Glasgow South from the 2005 General Election until losing to the SNP in 2015.
Explaining his decision to vote Conservative, Mr Harris said: 'A man who has never failed to offer comfort to Britain's enemies – whether the IRA, or the Islamist terrorists of Hamas, or Iran or Russia or Cuba or Venezuela – can hardly be expected to feel any affection for the UK.
'When hundreds of Labour MPs representing English and Welsh constituencies made the journey