Eighth MP quits Labour Party

22 February, 2019, 00:45 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 almost three years after nearly 52 percent of Britons voted to quit the bloc

"It is with regret that we are writing to resign the Conservative whip and our membership of the party", Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston said in a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Apparently the de facto deputy PM David Lidington and the chancellor Philip Hammond seemed warmer to this idea than the PM.

He said: "The Conservative Party has always been a broad church welcoming people with different views on major issues and I do not think that will change".

And yesterday (February 20), the eight were joined by three Conservative MPs who claimed they could not stand by their party's "shift to the right" over Brexit negotiations.

"Every party can have problems".

"I think that Brexit has absolutely fractured British politics and that includes the Conservative Party".

With only 37 days until Britain leaves the European Union, its biggest foreign and trade policy shift in more than 40 years, divisions over Brexit are redrawing the political landscape.

The Independent Group now has more MPs in Parliament than the Democratic Unionist Party and equals the number of Liberal Democrats.

"Both our parties are broken".

And Mr McDonnell accepted the need for the leadership to carry out a "mammoth, massive listening exercise" to address concerns.

The Chancellor told LBC he'd welcome Anna Soubry back into the Conservatives. An eighth Labour member soon joined them.

"We find it unconscionable that a Party once trusted on the economy, more than any other, is now recklessly marching the country to the cliff edge of no deal", the lawmakers wrote.


The final straw for us has been this Government's disastrous handling of Brexit.

The move follows Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey all quitting the Labour party on Monday.

Ms Ryan, who has represented Enfield North since 1997 with a break from 2010-15 and served as a minister in Tony Blair's government, made clear she is hoping for further defections.

"I am committed to working collaboratively with groups and individuals that share the aims of the Lib Dems, especially when it comes to Brexit".

"I've been a member for not short of four decades and we never had this problem before".

This is doubly odd because all seven MPs were willing to stand at the last general election on a Labour manifesto that agreed to deliver Brexit for the British people.

The party's deputy chairman, Tory MP James Cleverly, told BBC Radio 5 Live that the resignations were "very sad and disappointing", which was echoed by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.

All three rebel lawmakers were part of the more pro-European wing of the Conservative Party and favor holding a second referendum on Brexit.

The South Cambridgeshire MP had remained silent about the rumours she was leaving until today's announcement.

"I love this party but sometimes I no longer recognize it", he said in a video statement.

Her former Conservative colleagues in S Cambs say they will continue to work with her as their MP.

At their press appearance, Allen added, "As true centre-ground MPs sharing the same values as millions of our citizens, we have a responsibility to act".

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