Sir Vince Predicts an ‘Avalanche’ of Labour MPs Defecting to Lib Dems

A senior Liberal Democrats leader, Sir Vince Cable, has predicted that there might be “an avalanche” of Labour MPs defecting to the party following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the Labour Party. The newly elected leader, Mr Corbyn, received a majority of the votes even though he was not backed by the majority of Labour MPs.

Sir Vince stated that the Labour party made a “catastrophic choice” and now it is stuck with a leader “totally out of touch” with its base, so it offers the Lib Dems “a way back” after election losses. He claimed that Mr Corbyn’s victory and Labour’s shift to the left is “certainly an opportunity” and “certainly a way back” for the Lib Dems. In the last election, the Lib Dems only managed to have eight MPs, i.e. down from 57 in 2010. Just before addressing the party’s conference in Bournemouth, Sir Vince alleged that “moderate, middle of the road” Labour politicians were now in “a terrible position” following Mr Corbyn’s victory.

Therefore, Sir Vince said he can foresee several defections to his party as he alleged it could be more realistic for many disgruntled Labour MP to work with the Lib Dems on individual issues. He pointed out that “I think that kind of cross-party working is probably more promising for most Labour people than defection, though some will go and we will see,” adding that “it may become an avalanche.”

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