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Dan Poulter’s former Tory affiliation chairman has torn into his resolution to defect, whereas additionally slamming him as “invisible” throughout his time as a Conservative member of parliament.

Councillor Sam Murray informed Times Radio that Mr Poulter had been “known as the Invisible Man in North Ipswich” following his shock announcement final night time.

Mr Poulter, a former minister who helped George Osborne and David Cameron enact austerity on the NHS, accused his celebration of not prioritising the NHS, regardless of file ranges of funding.

He additionally criticised his former celebration of shifting away from the centre and changing into a “nationalist party of the right”. However his former native boss stated Mr Poulter’s priorities “haven’t been with Ipswich for quite some time”.

“It’s been difficult to make excuses for him. When you commit to turning up to things, it would be nice if you actually turned up.

“It was becoming apparent there was a reluctance to work with us councillors in North Ipswich. And it was becoming quite obstructive.”

She additionally accused him “betrayal”, revealing native Conservative Party activists had been campaigning on his behalf when the information broke.

Ms Murray informed Times Radio: “It was quite a shock. We had people out there in the morning, campaigning on his behalf, whilst he was doing his interview”.

“There was no appreciation for the toll that would take on the grassroots. This has come out of the blue for us.

“We have got some great councillors up for election in a few days time, who do not deserve this betrayal.

“He’s spoken about not being able to look at colleagues in the eyes. I wish he had that compassion for my close friends who are standing for election.

“I can’t understand how someone could not even speak to us after having a relationship with my colleagues for many years.”

This morning, shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting refused to rule out whether or not Mr Poulter was provided any reward for dealing his hammer blow to Mr Sunak.

Speaking to Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Streeting was requested: “Did Labour offer any future baubles to Dan Poulter to get him to defect?”

Dodging the query, Mr Streeting stated the Suffolk MP “has been very clear he’s going back to the NHS full-time, he’s not standing for Parliament at the next election”.

“This idea that he’s just abandoning the sinking Conservative ship to save himself is nonsense.”

Dissatisfied with the reply, Ms Kuenssberg tried once more: “Did Labour offer him anything in return for him coming across? Did you offer him a place in the House of Lords perhaps?”

The shadow Health Secretary replied with the non-denial denial: “Not that I’m conscious of.”