Tory blogger Graham Robb has broken the news today that prominent Darlington LibDem activist Nigel Boddy has defected to the Tories.
Nigel seemed to be a shortlist specialist in the LibDems - he was last on the list for Sedgefield earlier this year and Hartlepool in 2004 but failed to find favour. Occasionally, he has managed to get selected as a candidate - but then he bombs. Google tells me that he was the LibDems' candidate in the Hartlepool seat in 2001, and a European candidate in 1999 and 2003, all without success.
In this year's Mayoral referendum, when for once the LibDems found themselves on the right side of the argument and the vote, Nigel even managed to fail once again, and was a leading member of the calamitous Yes campaign.
I have to say to Graham - if Nigel Boddy was going to defect to any Party, I'm really glad it was the Tories and not ourselves. With his track-record, you really should put him up in Darlington next time.... :)