A love for his own seat. It was obvious that the Lib Dems were going to tank in the 2009 elections, so, with the Tories on the up, and the Tories selection rules in place it became a no brainer for him to jump ship. By joining the Tories as a sitting MEP it meant that he leapfrogged up to an unassaibalble position on the Tory list. After all he had only recently been selected as number 2 on the Lib Dem list - a unwinable slot. For that he earned the sobriquet Salvaj Kareer.
So imagine my surprise when I read this in today's Guardian,
The power of the cabal will be broken when we learn to trust the citizen and involve them in the decision-making process. We must debate directly electing commissioners and make the council transparent. And first to go must be the closed list system for electing MEPs.He is so het up about the democratic defeciet that he must have supported calls for an EU referendeum, mustn't he?
On second thoughts maybe he didn"t as his approving tweet here makes clear
@SHKMEP Sajjad H Karim MEP
William Hague urges Tory MPs not to vote for a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, saying it... fb.me/Gf2d2feE