PMQs – live: Rishi Sunak rocked as Tory MP Natalie Elphicke defects to Labour before showdown with Starmer

Tory MP Natalie Elphicke has defected to Labour, hitting out at the “broken promises of Rishi Sunak’s tired and chaotic Government”.

The Dover MP crossed the floor in the Commons just moments before Prime Minister’s Questions.

She said: “I have carefully considered this decision. The change has been dramatic and cannot be ignored.

“For me key deciding factors have been housing and the safety and security of our borders.”

Last night Penny Mordaunt insisted the Tories could still win the general election if MPs united behind Mr Sunak.

The House of Commons leader denied that she was positioning herself to replace the PM should he be ousted from office and claimed that Labour’s lead was due to her own party’s internal divisions.

“There is a reason I’m not a member of any caucus – because I recognise the strength of our party is that it is a broad church,” she told a Westminster Conservative Association funding event.

It was her 86th fundraiser event for the party since Mr Sunak became prime minister.

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