Report Frank Field reveals he's close to death in House prices and the economy Posted yesterday at 10:49 AM · Edited yesterday at 10:55 AM by Dorkins 17 minutes ago, Timm said: He was a Tory. (Once) He left the Conservative party in 1960, apparently because of their stance on apartheid. Frank Field was basically a lifelong Tory MP who wore a red rosette so he could get elected in a safe Labour seat. There were lots of them in the Blair-Brown years e.g. Michael Dugher, Ian Austin, Tom Harris, Kate Hoey etc etc. Since the end of the Blair-Brown years a lot of them came out as explicit Tory supporters.