'Lifelong Tory voter' peddled by Labour as newest supporter turns out to be Labour COUNCILLOR

Keir Starmer/Milly Hill

A "lifelong Tory voter" who has been peddled by the Labour Party as their newest supporter has turned out to be a councillor for Starmer's party already

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Millie Cooke

By Millie Cooke


Published: 29/05/2024

- 12:04

Milly Hill was elected as a councillor in Stroud at the most recent local elections

A "lifelong Tory voter" who was peddled by the Labour Party as their newest supporter has turned out to already be a councillor for Starmer's party.

Dr Simon Opher, Labour's general election candidate in Stroud, said Milly Hill had ditched the Conservatives to support his campaign.


In a video posted to social media, Hill said: "I’ve been a Conservative voter all my life, but I think the party has really changed, and I think the last 14 years has done some real damage to the country."

But the video fails to mention that she is already a Labour councillor in Stroud - rather than simply being a standard switch voter.

Keir Starmer / Milly Hill

Hill was elected as a councillor in Stroud at the most recent local elections

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Hill was elected as a councillor in Stroud at the most recent local elections.

In the video, she said: "I've been a centrist Conservative all my life but I think the party has really changed.

"And I think the last 14 years has done a real damage to the country.

"So I've been looking at Labour and I think they've got some very exciting policies on the economy, the NHS, mental health issues, green energy - lots of things I care about, even potholes.

"Having met Simon Opher, who's the local GP and worked here for 30 years, he really understands this community and I think he'd make a great MP for Stroud.

\u200bDr Simon Opher

Dr Simon Opher, Labour's general election candidate in Stroud, said Milly Hill had ditched the Conservatives to support his campaign

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"So for the first time in a really long time I'm optimistic and excited to vote in a general election."

Sharing the video, Opher added: "People like Milly are voting for change. Will you join them?"

Hill later told the MailOnline she had last voted Conservative when the party was led by David Cameron and admitted to backing former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the 2019 General Election.

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The Labour Party was thrown into turmoil overnight over the restoration of the whip to veteran MP Diane Abbott.

Last night it was revealed that Abbott's 37-year career as a Labour MP was over after a drawn-out investigation into allegations of antisemitism - but conflicting reports over how the saga panned out have become a distraction from Labour's campaign on day seven of the General Election.

While the party had restored the whip to the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, sources told the Times that the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) would not endorse her as a candidate.

But sources then told ITV that the Labour MP had been given the whip back earlier this week - sparking rumours a deal had been done.

Labour officials are denying a deal had been done, while a source close to Abbott told Politico that she had offered to "stand down with dignity" after having the whip restored.

They claimed she had been completely blindsided by allegations that she had been forced to stand down.

But this morning, Abbott herself came out and told the BBC: "Although the whip has been restored, I am banned from standing as a Labour candidate."

However, she later wrote on social media that she was "very dismayed" by reports that she had been barred as a candidate."

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