Back in February, Benefits Street star ‘White Dee’ promised to give David Cameron a ‘run for his money’. In her Spectator diary, she described how ‘Ladbrokes has made me 50-1 to be the next MP for Birmingham Ladywood, and until I read that patronising nonsense I wasn’t going to stand. Now, I think I will. As an independent, mind. How far will I get? Let’s just see.’
Dee hadn’t yet made it clear which party she was thinking of joining. She’s speaking at the Tory conference today, although she has been a strident critic of their policies. Previously, she has indicated that she used to vote LibDem, until they joined forces with the Tories, after which she switched to Labour.
But as this week’s events have already shown, nothing should be taken for granted when it comes to party loyalty. Speaking at a Policy Exchange fringe event, Dee criticised government welfare policy and suggested she might decide to back Ukip.
Another day, another possible defection. Is it Miliband’s turn to be worried?