Who am I?
I'm 26 a diversity consultant from Liverpool and former Labour Students National LGBT Officer and now proud new member of David Cameron's "new" Conservative Party.
Shouts of why?, traitor, crazy, they hate trans and gay people, careerist I have heard but why have I made the big decision to cross the floor and join a new party.
After joining the labour party in University inspired by the passionate and progressive politics of Tony Blair and engaging Blairite members such as at the time Chloe Howard Chair of the University of Liverpool Labour club I believed I was supporting a party looking forward working in a progressive agenda for the UK.
This support and Vision lead to me standing and becoming Labour Students national LGBT Officer, Vice Chair of the shadow Climate change Minister Luciana Berger's constituency (Wavertree Liverpool) and a regular campaigner locally and nationally for the party at local, national and European elections.
So whats changed?
The simple answer to that is who stands for the values I support has changed. Once it was Tony Blair's Labour party that held the progressive ground in UK politics supporting business and encouraging wider participation within the party. But now times have changed we see Ed Miliband isolating the labour party from businesses and isolating himself from the Trade Unions that supported him just 15 Months ago. We are facing one of the most difficult economic periods in history and the message from the labour leader and Ed Balls is "we cant make any promises" political speech for "we have no solutions".
Unlike the two Eds, David Cameron is leading the conservative led government by making bold decisions on welfare reform, education, health and imigration and George Osborne has been honest and frank about what is needed to help fix Britain's broken economy. I feel that although the conservative party have not delivered on all the promises they have made yet they are coming up with solutions for the difficult problems we face, they are working towards a fairer society where people earn more in work than out claiming benefits and the party is reaching out to businesses with changes in corporation tax, reductions in health and safety regulation and other measures to help give the UK economy the kick start it badly needs.
I have spent the last 6 months disillusioned and pushed to the edge of a labour party that just 15 months earlier I was on the panel of candidates to represent as a councillor in Liverpool. Since stating my intention to leave the party and Join the Conservatives I have been welcomed with open arms from friendly engaging and postive members, talked to inspiring MPs like Louise Mensch and really felt energised to get back involved in politics as a whole.
What does the future hold?
I want to thank all of the lovely Individual members of the Labour party I have worked with over my time in the party and also all of the conservative party members who have made me feel welcome so far.
All that is left to say is lets get back down to working for a "fair Britain" at the end of the day we are all in this together.