After almost 44 years of loyal service and commitment, it's with a heavy heart that I'm resigning from the Labour Party.— Chris Williamson #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) 6 November 2019
I'll be standing as an independent candidate for Derby North to fight for social justice, internationalism and socialist values. pic.twitter.com/rKmxpJrFSP
By standing as an independent next month he will not be doing his former party any favours. Williamson had a slender majority and by splitting the Labour vote he will undoubtedly gift the Tories an easy gain.
Derby North general election 2017
Chris Williamson (Lab) 23,622 (48.5%) +11.9%
Amanda Solloway (Con) 21,607 (44.4%) +7.7%
Lucy Care (Lib Dem) 2,262 (4.6%) -4.0%
Bill Piper (UKIP) 1,181 (2.4%) -12.2%