Rene Kinzett, who stood in Swansea West for the LibDems at the 2005 General Election, has joined the Conservatives. He's the third LibDem General Election Candidate to do so in the last few months. His defection is the second coup for Welsh Conservatives following Alison Halford's switch from Labour a couple of months ago. Kinzett was on the approved list of Lib Dem candidates for the South Wales West region at the 2007 National Assembly elections and currently represents the Mayals ward on Swansea County Council. Welcome aboard! Rene Kinzett told Conservatives.com: "It is only David Cameron's modern compassionate Conservative Party that offers a realistic and progressive alternative to this tired, worn down Labour Government. I know that I will be campaigning hard for a Party which is serious about changing itself, so it can change Britain for good."
We seem to be doing a lot better in Wales at the moment and I reckon we could at least double our number of parliamentary seats next time round. Cheryl Gillan seems to have become quite popular in a very short space of time and the Party organisation is on the right track. Matthew Lane, the Director of the Party in Wales, used to be my Area Campaign Director in Norfolk and we were all very sorry to see him go. Looks like he and Cheryl and the three new MPs are making a real impact. If we can increase the number of Welsh Assembly Members next May then we'll have the perfect springboard to win more seats at the next General Election.