PUBLISHED: 13:04, Sat, Nov 2, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19, Sat, Nov 2, 2019
Former Tory MP and prominent columnist Matthew Parris (Image: Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
The Times journalist said he will cast his vote for the Remain-backing party in the December 12 ballot "to defeat Tory zealotry over Europe" as he added to a growing list of members to quit. His defection follows that of Antoinette Sandbach, who was one of the 21 Tories expelled by Boris Johnson after rebelling over legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit. On Friday, Mr Parris wrote: "Despair is no longer enough: finally one must act. So with this column I'm leaving the Conservative Party."
He cited a string of former Tories, some of those expelled and some of those who