TWO Remain-backing Conservative MPs have held talks with the Lib Dems over the possibility of defection, according to reports.
Just hours after former Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews announced plans to defect to the Lib Dems ahead of the General Election in June, Tim Farron’s party could receive another boost as two unnamed Tory MPs look set to join the Brexit-bashing party.
Party insiders are reportedly confident of further defections from pro-Remain MPs, opposed to Theresa May’s Brexit plans.
The Lib Dems have also seen 8,000 new members join the party since the Prime Minister called the General Election on Tuesday, taking the total to 95,000.
The party is also confident of garnering support from frustrated Labour MPs with concerns over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael said: “Jeremy Corbyn is never going to be Prime Minister. He can’t lead his own party, let alone our country. The more people see him, the less they want to vote for him.
“That is not just my view. It is the view of the 172 Labour MPs who just last year said they had no confidence in his leadership.