Six of 11 MPs do a(nother) runner
It seems that quitting is habit-forming.
Heidi Allen, Chuka Umunna, Sarah Wollaston, Angela Smith, Luciana Berger and Gavin Shuker have left Change/TIG to become ‘independent independents’, leaving Anna Soubry to become the remnant’s new ‘leader’.
Perhaps the racism of the new party was simply too much to bear, though it’s odd that the godmother of tinge, Angela Smith, went with them. Or perhaps, let’s call them ‘New Quitter’, want to distance themselves from their own catastrophe.
It’s interesting that two of the former-Labour quitters haven’t quit a second time. Perhaps Joan Ryan and Chris Leslie are what the departing group is fleeing.
Interesting, too, that the New Quitters haven’t fled to the LibDems. Perhaps even the yellow Tories have more sense.
What’s left of Change UK limps on, probably more in hope of avoiding being the shortest-lived political party in history than anything else. What was left of the credibility of either faction disappeared long ago, so it seems the ‘quit the quitters’ group felt it had nothing left to lose by doing another runner. And still the people of the eleven constituencies are denied the chance of a say in a by-election.
So much for fixing broken politics.
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