It’s the classic small party dilemma – do you accept recruits and defectors, even when they come with baggage?
Posts Tagged: Chris Leslie MP
The SDP analogies are all wrung dry. But nobody has looked at what a more recent insurgency can teach the new outfit.
Yes, our system favours the established parties. But it is not invulnerable to change. This could be the start of a breakthrough.
The failure of the SDP by no means proves that a new movement of this kind is doomed to failure.
Henry Newman: A new bout of political instability hits Labour – but does it change the Brexit arithmetic?
At least four Tory MPs have apparently been placed on defection watch including Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Richard Harrington.
Ten initial thoughts on today’s announcement by Umunna and his colleagues.
“We absolutely oppose this Conservative Government… [but] in all conscience, we can no longer knock on doors and support a Government led by Jeremy Corbyn”.
“We are leaving the Labour Party to sit as the Independent Group of Members of Parliament.” Launch statement – full text
“Labour… is passive in circumstances of international humanitarian distress; is hostile to businesses large and small; and threatens to destabilise the British economy”.
The Conservative Brexit choice. Seek to park the UK in the EEA under a new Tory leader. Or press on.
If Tory MPs think that No Deal would collapse Brexit altogether, or that it would be unmanageable next March, they need a Plan B. But we stress: if.
The Government is in crisis. MPs need to ponder deeply should be done for the best. That means not quitting Westminster this week.
If there is a Commons vote on Syria, the willingness of Labour rebels to support action could make all the difference
In 2013, Conservative rebels joined with Labour to sink Cameron’s plan. Might the reverse happen five years later?
The decision represented a decisive endorsement of a particular plan – not a return to Tony Blair-style liberal internationalism.
Two pieces of bad news for Labour: Lord Sugar quits the party, and Chris Leslie becomes Shadow Chancellor
Apparently the Apprentice boss sees no chance of the Opposition ditching its anti-business stance.
The average member of Miliband’s team has spent just four and a half years working in the private sector. A quarter have no private sector experience at all.
Labour are intensely relaxed about local government getting filthy rich at taxpayers’ expense.