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Over Europe, presumably. Good riddance. Anyone who supports the imposition of that wretched treaty in the teeth of public disapproval has no place in a democratic party. I just hope Clark and the remaining Heathite relics follow him.

I won't hold my breath waiting for the by-election ...

Well, it's hardly a surprise judging by some of the apopletic, headbanging, mouth-foaming anti-Europeanism which many posters on this site see fit to indulge in.

You are destroying this party with this poison. Why?? All it will result in is a continued Labour government doing things all Tories DON'T WANT!

This party has NEVER won an election by campaigning against Europe. And it never will. It's a tragedy.

Ordinary voters will see this as good for Brown and bad for Cameron. Whatever the reality, this looks like we are divided and weak!

His resignation was not about Europe.

It was about the fool running the Tory party into the ground.

They misunderstood Gordon Brown, have no policies and unless the Eton-clique leave the comfort of Whites and get some professionals in are going to take the party to new lows.

He illustrates the incompetance of Cameron in losing the same very one nation tories his no-policy policy was seeking to attract!

Sky coverage negative for Cameron by the looks of it.

Why does anyone care. He's a nobody. A month from now it'll be Quentin Who?

He fancies Harriet Harman. Poor bloke.

He is a respectable MP - Brown's gain, Cameron's loss.

FJMS - I worry that you do not worry. We need a clean image at the moment and this could be part of a drip-drip of nagativity.

TomTom, is right - and he looks like a Tory MP. If someone who looks that Tory defects then we have problems.

The scary thing is there are probably going to be many comments on here saying this is a good thing becuase it hurts Cameron.

Are we mad? Why do we so desperately want ourselves to fail, just as we begin to make progress?

A fantastically beautiful and ultra safe seat, and with the loss of a Europhile, this goes into the "Tory Gain" column!

Kenneth clark next?

It doesn't matter if some people consider him a 'nobody' on this site, but how it will be portrayed in the media and what the public at large will consider such a defection as.

I suspect that the media will be negative about such a defection towards the Conservatives and this will undoubtedly give Brown and Labour a big boost.

What I worry slightly about is that we are now selecting candidates who are liable to undertake such defections in the future. Rehman Chishti, among others, is a very good example of that.

Amazingly he has disappeared from conservatives.com already - a message not to get on the wrong side of the party, perhaps?

Was he thinking of standing down at the next election?

I can`t see how this can be good news for Brown if as jumped ship because he wants more powers to be transfered to Brussels and doesn`t want the people to have there say on Europe, even doesn`t want an enquiry about the mistakes made over the Iraq war.
The man is not just out of tune with his party, he is out of tune with the British people.I don`t think Mr Davies will be appearing on many Labour advertisements come election time.

Of course, this also means we can clear out the deadwood in that particular constituency and get in a real, decent Conservative.

"You are destroying the party with this poison" screams soi-disant "Liberal Tory". Hardly very liberal to refer to other people's views as "poison". As for "destroying the party" - how many people read these remarks? And what tiny percentage of that number takes them seriously? If anyone's a head banger, foaming at the mouth, then it is "Liberal Tory" himself. I suspect he's about as liberal and tory as the Holy Roman Empire was holy, roman or an empire. The free market is the liberal's concern; the free nation is the tory's. To judge by his unwillingness to attack the EU, our friend appears to cherish neither.

I'm with FJMS. We can rely on Harman and Hewitt for "nagativity".

So what's he known for?

1. Cosy relationship with Dawn Primarolo
2. Fined over sheep neglect
3. Attacking Liam Fox in recent debate on the need for Iraq inquiry.
4. Ex shadow minister
5. Er, that's it

I like the conservative party and dislike the fake running it.
The quicker we get a proper leader (think Sarkozy, Fred Thompson etc., etc.,) the sooner we can get on with winning. The party chose a wet Blairite (Heathite) at the exact wrong moment. 10 years too late.
Every other english speaking country has a resurgent conservative base - and what do we have? Cameron.

A disapointed, frustrated careerist who has been passed over by every Tory leader.


Efficiency, IT department are to be congratulated.

BBC not giving it much time - Sky is very excited. Dawn Primeminstersrolo looks like Mr Ed on Sky News - she is loving it and saying Cameron is obsessed by PR!

We don't need people called Quentin these days. The toffs belong in Labour. We're the peoples' party. There's a bloke called Alf standing in the West Lancashire Open Primary. Way to go!

Well, lets just hope that Cameron's PR can limit the damage of this defection. Maybe he could use it to make Brown look weak on Europe?

As a party is reformed people will become irritated both on the old left and the old right.

Of course it is sad to lose any MP to the Labour Party and this will, in the short term, be a great propaganda gift to that party.

But the future is with us, if we have the courage to seize it. If we can accelerate the pace of change in our party and ensure that the public sees that we are now fit to govern, we will be the ones smiling and not Mr Davies. That requires us to be disciplined. If we want Mr Davies and Mr Brown to smile we will use this as an excuse to attack our leader and our new direction.

His profile was taken off the Party website 5minutes ago (but I got a printscreen of it).

His personal website is down.

His Wikipedia page has already been amended.

We had this post up within a minute of it breaking, and the rosette photo within three.

Don't you love the internet age!

Tapestry - "the toffs belong in Labour" - get a grip.

Old Fart - that could describe most of the backbenchers and some of the Shadow Cabinet.

"Under your leadership the Conservative Party appears to me to have ceased collectively to believe in anything, or to stand for anything."

I'm beginning to believe this!! The odd stance re grammar schools but then giving choice to parents is a fine example of not believing in anything!

Oh dear! - looks rather like the wheels are coming off the Cameron bandwagon much earlier than anticipated. How the Tories believed that a PR spiv like Cameron could impact on the monolith that is Gordon Brown is beyond me.

If a guy like Davies is jumping ship then you really do have problems.

Here's to the fourth term!

Good riddance!
Who next? Cameron, Osborne and Boris Johnsson?

Davis hasn't gone because of Europe. After all he was a Tory right through the Hague and IDS leaderships.

He's gone because our party no longer stands for anything more than a fresh (but cheap) coat of paint over the new labour agenda.

How uninspiring Cameron is and how much better our party would be if we had something to believe in again .


So does anyone from Lincolnshire way know what Quentin Whodis' chances of reselection were before hs took his "principled" decision?

Just a thought.

Nicely timed. It allows Brown to make the point that his government will be a unity government which will not revert to old Labour ways by bringing a token Tory into the fold. Wonder how long the Labour spin machine has been planning this one?

I could not agree with changetowin more- either we keep on the course we have decided on headed by a leader who only 18 months we elected,or we unworthy to call ourselves HM Opposition. Divided we fall, united we win. The entire party from top to bottom must demonstrate an absolute determination to achieve victory.

The media are always reading it Ed, it's the only way they have of grasping what conservatism is.

This is a nightmare.

I genuinely don't revel in this. This will damage us immensely. Treachorous little bugger.

I thought we'd put all this behind us.

Not good.

The wheels have not come off, we've been warned to expect a tough period for a while. We just need to hold our nerve and support our leader.

Anyway I thought the whole point of Cameron's early stage of leadership was rebranding ourselves with a heavy emphasis on PR? What's wrong with that? The meat will come later.

The policies we are coming out with are only being stolen by Gord anyway!

Gosh Tim - How Stalinist!

A case of a rat joining a sinking ship !

The surprising thing is the defection of someone on the left of the party.

Who knows the motivation etc, but why can't even the rabid Cameroons acknowledge that there is a serious perception problem. Dave is seen, to a great extent, as only believing in power for himself - at the cost of any principles.

In contrast, TB clearly did believe in some things when he became Labour leader (for example a kinder, more cushioned free market approach) and anyway the whole PR led poltics, which Blair later came to exemplify, is something that the British public have now become fed up with.

So in style - as well as in substance - there is the huge risk that Cameron is leading the party in exactly the wrong direction just as (if it's not a contradiction) the public want a more substantive style.

For me, it is worse because I hate the Establishment as it consists of people who just want to belong and to have power without holding any great beliefs. And I don't equate private education to memebership of the Establishment. It's a state of mind - a desire for a stifling consensus - which nearly destroyed the country twice in the last century. So why have we got a Tory leader so desperate to be a member of it?

And perhaps that was the issue with QD - as a natural maverick he never fitted in.


with that kind of voting record, Labour can have him. He will surely be soiling the Lords with his presence before long...

Hey Mr Editor, don't be so touchy!

Part of the Tories problem is their failure to understand just why they are so intensely disliked - until you come to terms with the reasons, one of which is arrogance, then regeneration will not be possible.

Calm down everyone, he is a total nobody. Tomorrow's press will be full of Brown becoming PM, no space for a has been MP with whacko views defecting. Could even be spun in a possitive way (i.e. the Conservatives are changing, no room for the tired old guard). It's today's newspapers but tomorrow's chip paper. No need to panic.

Blair managed to secure a couple of Tory deflectors, but Davies is now joining as McStalin Broon becomes leader. The timing is curious. What was he promised? If the man without Charisma can pull off a stunt like this then Camoron has his work cut out.

QD: "the people's flag is deepest red and so is my face."


If he had any guts he'd resign his seat. It's a fraud on the electorate.

Was this a shock to the Whips?

DavidTBreaker (15:22) is right. As defection timing goes, QD's could hardly be worse: we are back up in the polls (after the predictable weekend dip) and tomorrow's headlines are already written.

We're tearing ourselves apart - this is ridiculous.

We need to get rid of Cameron as soon as possible before we self-implode.

I have not been a member of this party for twenty years to see Tory MP's reject the party because our leader worships the God of PR and nothing else.

It's not Davies who needs to go, it's Cameron.

Quentin Davies has articulated what a great deal of the party have been quietly grumbling about for a while now.

We need to stop with the vacuous, rebranding exersize and prove to the electorate we aren't so desperate for power that we are prepared to jettison our core beliefs.

I have to say, that was a pretty putrid response from from 'Tory T' - we lose an MP and all he can do is wonder which one of Zac's classmates is going to be palmed off with the seat.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the 'Roons have been spinning for almost a year now that they were talking to Liberal and Labour types who were 'just about' to defect to us. Imagine the cheering in heaven there'd have been if any of that guff had, y'know, been true. But as per usual, Blair-style fantasy and fibs, all too tamely printed by the Telegraph.

And one more time for the more blinkered Roons: if we had got a Labour MP to defect to us, there'd, rightly, have been no ifs and buts from you lot: it would have been an A1 Good Thing. As it is, losing Davies is a miserable, miserable mark of Dave's pisspoor party management. The doubts grow - this is not to the party's advantage, and it *is* Dave's responsibility.

Actually, the more I think about this, the more I think this has been badly timed and that it will be crowded out by Browns cornonation "story" tomorrow.

People will clock *that* - not that a Tory MP has defected.

But, question, how did the whips fail to see this one coming??

Clarification to mine above (15:25):
As defection timing goes, QD's could hardly be worse ... for him

According to theyworkforyou his voting record is "Strongly against equal gay rights".

So I hope he gets a warm welcome by Chris Bryant etc on the Labour back benches. :-)

Fined over mistreating sheep and supports "no enquiry into Iraq". This week he attacks our party over opposing the latest euro giveaway.

He is a real piece of work. How come his Association have not deselected him yet?

I agree about the suspicious timing - what has he been promised? Cabinet seat? Lords?

The reasons he gave for defecting are very fair.

Whatever you say about Gordon Brown you can't say he is light on policy. David Cameronb must now learn from this disaster and change his tactics. He needs to make his views clear on a range of issues including:

Private equity



Mass migration

and Education.

"We need to stop with the vacuous, rebranding exersize and prove to the electorate we aren't so desperate for power that we are prepared to jettison our core beliefs."

You mean the 'core beliefs' that lost us three elections? Our electorate, if by that you mean the people who vote for us anyway, aren't enough, and the rest have been pretty unimpressed by our traditional (and, frankly, dubious policies.)

When did wanting to represent the majority become a betrayal?

As an anti-democrat Quentin has gone to the right place. Let us hope that the other anti-democratic Tory MPs (there are a few more) follow him.

What does Dave think?

Look at all the previousIy unseen names on this thread. They are obvious NuLab trolls. Key messages - "lt wasn't over Europe" - Yeah right! "He was highly respected" - By who? "This is very bad for Cameron" - No, it's not.

Don't believe the hype!

The BBC is not really covering this - Why?

I don't know whether this news demonstrates how absurd the Conservative Party has become, or how absurd the Labour Party has become. Both, probably.

Lets face it, now Labour can no longer sell seats in the Lords for cash, they may as well sell them for defections.

Anyone fancy applying for a seat with a 6636 Tory majority? Constituents never like defections, and the tory vote will go up here at the next election...

This does not fit with the BBC narrative that Cameron is not really a eurosceptic. It will be reassuring for the 90% of Conservatives who are against the Constitution that Cameron offends europhiles like Quentin.

Many eurosceptics are worried that Cameron’s acting his euroscepticism, and The Times is actually alleging that he is (Riddell today). Blair said in Parliament yesterday that Cameron is just going through the motions by sounding off against the Constitution. This helps to show there is a divide between Cameron and Blair/Brown, not what the BBC wants to put over.

What's he been promised? Minister for Europe?

It is worryingly easy to agree with his general points. Then he finished with the phrase

"has just acquired a leader I have always greatly admired, who I believe is entirely straightforward, and who has a towering record"

and I realise he means Gordon Brown. Then it is clear this is a man who lost any grasp of reality. Nobody (else) in Labour honestly believes that. Still.. a Cameron downturn and an early election ?

So top of the list for his "official" reasons for jumping was the EPP decision. Took him a year, though.

Whatever. Good riddance. Next!

Quentin moves from the house built on 'shifting sands' to the house built on thin air, presumably?

good riddance to bad rubbish.He has been threatening this for yonks

I am sad that there is so much personal abuse in some of the comments. To talk of sacking Cameron is also misplaced. Those suggesting this should reflect of why and how we lost the past 3 elections and what a mountain we have to climb to get back into Government. In Opposition you can only talk about getting things done and we should remember this. As I said, I want to see the leadership showing the same sort of ruthless commitment the media keeps telling us that Gordon Brown is showing towards winning the next election.

I think it would be a great idea if Ken Clarke was to leave the Conservatives and create a moderate, pro-European centre party. It was Howes, Heseltines, Pattens and Pyms that kept the Tory Party sane. They seem to have disappeared at all levels.

If Clarke was to go, those Conservatives who want a popular leader with experience and gravitas can follow him, and the rest can follow Liam Fox and chums. It would be a very welcome end to many years of rancour.

Let's not panic. This has obviously been planned for months with the promise of some sort of job or peerage. He has been voting with Labour in any case so it's no loss. It will have a short term effect but it won't last. Good riddence to *******

Brown has been cooking this one up for a while. I am surprised he has not offered Portillo a post in the Cabinet because if he had, I would not put money on Mr P refusing it.

Not really much to panic about: I quite liked QD as a person although I did not share his general outlook and he was a minor player. There are grains of truth in his resignation letter but the bits about Brown being "entirely straightforward" and having a "towering record" were surely ghost-written by Ed Balls? As for the stuff about the EPP, he has just joined a party which has made quite a habit of reneging on its manifesto pledges. Tuition fees? So I do not take too seriously the huffing and puffing about solemn promises, etc etc....

What a lousy mp.
# Has spoken in 18 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
# Has received answers to 9 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
# Has voted in 49% of votes in parliament — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)

This guy is insane. For am MP to defect to a more socialist party, under Gordon Brown. Knowing that Brown is unlikely to hold any majority in an election.

As you know, however, I never supported you for the leadership of the Party - even when, after my preferred candidate Ken Clarke had been defeated in the first round, it was blindingly obvious that you were going to win.

Sounds like he was angry about Cameron beating Ken Clarke. 'blindingly obvious' sounds a bit firy for something that's only factual. Calm down, Quentin. You can't win everything all the time.

I'm quite happy with Cameron Brian Jenner. Not thrilled, but happy enough.

His type of Conservatism has palpably failed and it is no coincidence that the only Tory leader to recognise his "talents" was the worst one we have had in over 100 years (I.D.S).

We must STAY LOYAL to Cameron, remember the progress we have made in the last 12 months-and above all remember that when we revert to appearing like an angry ( and elderly) right wing debating society, we end up with fewer than 200 MPs and are an irrelevance to the people we want to help.

We adopted this tactic from 1992-2005, and look where it got us.

There's no way this news can be regarded in any way other than an extremely heavy blow against Cameron and his agenda.

I wonder what Baroness Thatcher thinks about her hometown being represented by a Labour MP.

The BBC is not really covering this - Why?
It's the number two story on the website.

According to them his constituency is Grantham and Stamford

Davies has obviously defected over Europe. His suggestion that it is over larger issues is a venomous pretence DESIGNED to cause trouble. To all on the right I suggest calm. Davies was at variance with you on the most important issue of all, so don't rise to his nasty bait. Cameron has proved lamentable lately but he's doing what we want on the subject of Europe. By all means shout when he abandons Tory principle, but don't desert him when he is upholding it.

I feel somewhat reluctant even grudgingly that I must come to the aid of Dave.
It is only too obvious that Quentin has seen the 3% lead of Labour over Tory, but has n't seen the latest 5% lead of Tory over Labour
For crying out loud someone should tell him.
(or it could be that he is a principled politician - how extraodinary!)

However, I must admit that I did not see the point of having an enquiry into Iraq at this moment in time - too upsetting for the troops. Dave, do stop diving to the Left.

"The BBC is not really covering this - Why?"
Because no one cares. To most this story will not even register, and to others it's simply some MP that no one has ever heard of, from some place no one has ever heard of before and can't locate on the map, has left one party and joined another party, and no one is particularly bothered and if affects nothing. No need to panic, barely worth thinking about.

45 minutes in and News 24 has not made its a major story - they have just interviewed Blunkett about the floods and did not ask him about it. Sky is being much more up front about it.

The media are predictably describing him as a senior Conservative MP. By what measure?!

Anyone want to take a bet that at least one headline in the morning will have the phrase "Top Tory".

Classic Brown spinning exercise - buy a defector with a peerage, and have a quick bash at the opposition.

This re-inforces the Stalinistic control freakery. The 100 days starting tomorrow will be picked up by the media as a cynical spinning exercise.


The pomposity of Quentin Davies's letter to David Cameron is staggering.

Fortunately, the credibility of his rant is undermined by his last sentence, which also reveals the utter hypocrisy of the man:

"Because my constituents, to whose interests of course I remain devoted, are entitled to know the full background, I am releasing this letter to the press."

His constituents' interests would have been adequately served by releasing a statement to the local press to say he had joined Labour as he no longer agreed with the direction of the Conservatives and believed he would be more comfortable within the Labour Party.

The stream of attacks on the current Conservative leadership and the praise for Gordon Brown are irrelevant to his constituents' interests, and, as such, the timing and manner of this announcement prove this to be little more a PR stunt timed to coincide with Gordon Brown becoming Labour leader - oh, the irony!


He comes from Grantham - Mrs Thatcher's birthplace - how can you say it's a place no one heard of.

I was surprised to learn he was still in the Commons.

Does anyone else fancy raising a little leaving present for him? I think £1.50 in 5p pieces would be appropriate.

A pity. I imagine he has been promised a job in the ministry "of all the talents".

The Conservative Party needs to carry on setting out a positive agenda on issues from the environment to healthcare, Europe to education. We need to articulate the difference between top-down, regulation driven Labour and our more progressive approach of trusting individuals and communities.

Mr Davies voted against an enquiry into the Iraq war and is in favour of giving more power to the EU without consulting the British people. On both topics he is not only out of step with the Conservative Party, but with the British people.

Wow, Bertha, a new name energetically working on the "Save Dave" project!

As he is a EUrophile one might have expected him to stay and seek change from within the party

More vitriole from Davies! 'You are the first leader of the Conservative Party who (for different reasons) will not be received either by the President of the United States, or by the Chancellor of Germany (up to, and very much including, Iain Duncan Smith every one of your predecessors was most welcome both in the White House and in all the chancelleries of Europe).'

Yeah. IDS was best mates with Chirac, Schroeder, Berlusconi - and they all loved his vision of a Europe of free trading nations, and his rejection of the Euro in perpetuity. Are you sure you're feeling OK, Quentin? Calm down a bit.

OK, we've done this one to death. Bored now.

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