Zac Goldsmith Labelled ‘Rich Boy Playing Fast And Loose’ With Politics By Tory MP

Zac Goldsmith has been branded a “rich boy playing fast and loose with the electorate” by a Conservative MP angry the party is not standing a candidate in the Richmond by-election.

Goldsmith, the son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, quit the party last week in protest at the Government’s decision to back the expansion of Heathrow airport, which he long promised.

He will now stand as an independent with the Lib Dems the only serious opposition after the party opted not to put up a Tory rival in a step that has few precedents.

Today, Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke blasted his former colleague. He told Sky News:

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