A FORMER Labour MP and AM has joined the Conservative party.

John Marek, who served as Wrexham's MP from 1983 until 1999 and AM from 1999 until 2007, announced his change in political allegiance this morning (Monday, March 29).

Speaking at a press conference in Wrexham, he said he made the decision because "only the Conservatives could deliver change after 13 years of Labour failure".

He added: "David Cameron's social conscience is at the heart of my decision to join the Conservative party.

"He understands the difficulties faced by ordinary people and I am convinced that as Prime Minister he will govern for everybody."