Sheffield Labour MP Paul Blomfield attended the Tory Party conference - but he hasn’t switched allegiance.
The politician, who represents Sheffield Central, headed to the event in Birmingham to speak at a fringe debate where he called for cross-party action to persuade the Home Office to change its approach to foreign students.
Highlighting the £7.9 billion contribution they make to the UK economy, he said: “The Government has recognised that the growing demand around the world presents an opportunity for us to double earnings from international students.
“In Sheffield alone, that could produce an extra 5,000 jobs in every sector of the economy. But we are losing out as a result of Home Office policies.”
The Sheffield Central MP called for better working between the Border Agency and the university sector, to send a message round the world that international students are welcome in the UK.