Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley, was a contender to be the Lib Dem London Mayoral candidate in 2007 and her brother Chandila was a candidate for Lib Dem President. She had been a party member for 20 years. The loss of two such senior party activists will be a blow to the Lib Dems and a boost for Cameron’s Conservatives. The news follows the defection of Lib Dem PPC Norsheen Bhatti who was seen as a high flier within the party.
Seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. I've lost count of the number of LibDem PPCs who have defected to the Tories over the last couple of years. It is well into double figures now, I think.