Election 2019: Ex-Tory MP blasts Boris and declares he will vote Lib Dems

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FORMER Tory MP and prominent columnist Matthew Parris has said he will quit the party after 50 years in a call for Conservatives who oppose Brexit to support the Liberal Democrats in the election.

PUBLISHED: 13:04, Sat, Nov 2, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19, Sat, Nov 2, 2019

Matthew ParrisFormer 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."

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