Sir Ed Davey shunned his usual seat in the Commons today in an apparent bid to avoid Andrew Bridgen.
The Lib Dem leader opted to shuffle down the green benches for Prime Minister’s Questions.
Sir Ed swapped places after the former Conservative MP parked himself next to the Lib Dem leader’s regular seat.
The musical chairs in the Commons came hours after Mr Bridgen confirmed his defection to Reclaim at an event in Westminster this morning.
The announcement comes two weeks after he was expelled from the Tory Party over a tweet in which he described Covid vaccinations as “the biggest crime against humanity since the Holocaust”.
Mr Bridgen becomes the first MP for the party led by controversial actor Laurence Fox.
The North West Leicestershire MP is resisting calls for a by-election following his defection.
Speaking this morning, he said he expected a general election within 12 months and did not want to put his constituents through two trips to the polling station in a year.
Mr Bridgen said: “I wouldn’t want to put my constituents through the rigours of having two general elections in 12 months. They don’t tend to like it very much.”
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