Dr Lee and I have spoken and he has confirmed that he left the Conservative Party to join the Liberal Democrats, despite previous assurances that this was not his intention.
Dr Lee's decision to defect to the Liberal Democrats does not automatically trigger a by-election in the Constituency and therefore, Dr Lee will sit as a Liberal Democrat MP until the next General Election.
We are not surprised to hear that he has chosen to leave our party, bearing in mind his statements and inability to support the Government in recent months. We, in the Conservative Party, believe in delivering the democratic vote for Brexit.
We had been anticipating Dr Lee's defection, and therefore plans where already underway to identify and shortlist prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidates who can engage with all constituents and members of the Party to represent Bracknell at the next General Election.
Gerry Barber FRSA
Bracknell Conservative Association
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