"Quentin Davies is a senior parliamentarian and he commands respect on all sides," said Gordon Brown of the ex Tory minister's defection to the Labour benches, "I welcome him to the new Labour Party."
Davies voted against lowering the age of consent for same sex couples and the repeal of Section 28. He also opposed the ban on fox hunting and was convicted on two counts of cruelty against sheep in the 1990s.
Brown's excitement at the defection may be due to him "becoming so cut off that he is beginning to underestimate the intelligence of the electorate". At least, that was the charge levelled against him two years ago by a certain Quentin Davies MP.