Britain’s Foreign Minister, Margaret Becket is paying a price for the government’s handling of the Middle East crisis.
Between 30 and 40 Labour party members in Becket’s constituency have decided to defect to the opposition Liberal Democrats.
Among those who have changed their allegiance are some senior local party officials. Their loss is important to a member of parliament as they are active in rallying political support. The defectors say that Becket’s failure to call for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon was the final straw.