REMAINER NIGHTMARE! Change UK COLLAPSES with MPs resigning over poll humiliation

Posted on Jun 4 2019 - 11:23pm by admin

As many as five of the party’s eleven MPs want to disband the party, with many looking to merge with the Liberal Democrats. The nightmare meeting comes after ex-Tory MP Anna Soubry publicly slammed Change UK interim leader Heidi Allen for suggesting the public tactically vote for the Lib Dems instead of their own party in the Euro elections.

Miss Soubry blasted Miss Allen’s statements, saying: “I think it is rather bizarre for an interim leader on the eve of poll to tell people essentially not to vote for their party.

“You do not stand candidates and then say to people ‘we are going through a complete farce please don’t vote for them.

“Let’s engage now in big grown-up politics.”

The party shuffled in at eighth place in the European elections – failing to win a single MEP seat. 

The BBC said Chuka Umunna and Heidi Allen were among those who have quit and Anna Soubry has become party leader.

And in a statement from Ms Allen she revealed her and Mr Umunna had been joined by Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith and Sarah Wallaston in exiting the party.

They said they would be “returning to supporting each other as an independent grouping of MPs”.

New Change UK leader Anna Soubry: “I’m deeply disappointed that at such a crucial time in British politics our former colleagues have made this decision.

Now is not the time to walk away, but instead to roll up our sleeves and stand up for the sensible mainstream centre ground.”

This was despite the party fielding some high-profile candidates, such as former Conservative minister Stephen Dorrell and journalist Rachel Johnson – who is also the sister of No 10 front-runner Boris Johnson. 

On the possibility of an alliance with the Lib Dems, Ms Allen later said in an interview on Radio 5 Live: “This partisan thing completely passes me by when I look across Europe, they seem to do pretty well with coalitions.

“I would hope as a collective, let’s call us a collective, somewhere in the middle with other like-minded colleagues.”

The public spat between Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry was not the first error to be made by Change UK MPs.

The party – then labelled The Independent Group – caused backlash soon after formation when MP Angela Smith made comments about skin colour on a TV interview, saying: “It’s not just about being black or a funny tinge.”

The party also came under fire from campaign group change.org, who gather petitions online for the public.

After the party chose the name Change UK, the campaign group announced they would seek legal advice.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader, Jo Swinson, has invited all pro-Remain politicians to join their party.

She said: “We are now the obvious place for remain supporters to coalesce. 

“I would encourage anyone who shares our liberal values in or outside parliament to join our party and join our liberal movement. 

“Our door is absolutely open.”

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