(Voice of the Delectable Left)
Hat tip to Kerron for mentioning this defection!
Christopher Gill was Conservative MP for Ludlow from 1987-2001. During the 2001 general election campaign, he caused outrage by refering to asylum seekers as "rats in a bucket"! William Hague felt that as he was standing down, there wasn't much he could do to disipline him, although I feel that he could have had him expelled from the Conservative Party so as to set an example, but those are the private matters of the Conservative Party.
As it is, since he stood down, he succeeded Norris McWhirter as Chairman of the Freedom Association, an ultra right-wing pressure group which had a lot of support within the Conservative Party in the late 1970s and which advocated the ending of sanctions against South Africa, and which is comprised of redoubtable figures who seem to be on the fringes of the centre-right, if that!
It will be interesting to see how many more, if any, defections take place, and it certainly says something about some of the various groupings within the Conservative Party.