"For some time now I have felt out of tune with the views and policies of Plaid Cymru.Plaid Cymru AM Mohammad Asghar, who has now defected to the Conservatives, the first Member of the Welsh Assembly to switch "sides" since the start of devolution.
"My politics are very much in line with wanting a stronger Wales within a successful United Kingdom.
"I believe that the Welsh Conservative Party in the National Assembly, led by Nick Bourne, reflects my beliefs.
“I am also attracted by the caring Conservatism and policies for change put forward by David Cameron and the Conservative Party at Westminster.
"I very much look forward to playing an important role in the shadow team in the National Assembly and to helping to shape the policies for the Assembly elections in 2011."