Good news from the Financial Times:
Ivan Massow has been a flatmate of Michael Gove, an admirer of David Cameron and, briefly, a chaperone for Margaret Thatcher. The entrepreneur and philanthropist even aspired to be the Conservative candidate for mayor of London.
But now he is a Liberal Democrat. His defection is the first of what Tim Farron’s party hopes will be a stream of centrist recruits — motivated by a pro-EU outlook, fiscal moderation and the apparent end of the Tory party’s Cameron era.
“They are really nice people. It is such a change from the Tory party,” said Mr Massow, whose business successes included offering financial services to gay people.The Lib Dem website quotes him too:
"After seeing the Lib Dems’ work in Coalition, and seeing them step up to the responsibilities of government, I felt I had more in common with them. I hadn’t realised the Lib Dems could be a party of government before Coalition – and I know they took a huge hit for doing it – but I think they proved themselves and were a great party for the economy and a great help for business."