Ms Symes, 43, told The Argus about her decision to defect at Labour's annual conference in Bournemouth.In other words Ms Symes wants to be on the winning side. She appears to be a classic example of the Political Classes. She is cleaving to the winner.
She said: "The Conservatives badly needed reform and David Cameron presented himself as the reformer but he is not succeeding.
"He has not gathered together a cross-section of society. Instead, elitism and exclusivity are at the heart of the party
and I am not as close to that heart as I would like."
Explaining her new-found fondness for
the party most likely to gain her a cosy life and fat pensionLabour, she said: " The same old tired lies and spin from a Labour mouthpieceWe have had ten years of record investment in public services and the highest employment ever, as well as a new prime minister who was the most competent chancellor, creating stability and a growing economy.
"I see the positive changes and the great opportunities available
for meto more people of all backgrounds - and I want to work to keep the Labour party in government so I can get my backside onto those green benches and maybe a ministerial post."
The fate of the nation, its citizens, party loyalty, principles and any concept of her own political values appear to come a distant second.