It’s the classic small party dilemma – do you accept recruits and defectors, even when they come with baggage?
Posts Tagged: Chuka Umunna MP
James Frayne: “Vote for change and Chuka” is laughable. The new party’s candidates come straight out of central casting.
Change UK are not the problem for the Conservatives. Rather, it is their own change narrative is ultimately weak.
Hamas, Hezbollah, the IRA, Assad, Maduro, dodgy Czech ‘diplomats’, Iranian propagandists….the list goes on.
Chloe Westley: The EU, the Commons – and last week’s votes. The people should fire the MPs who won’t follow their instructions.
I believe that the actions of politicians over the last two years have seriously weakened trust in the system.
Tory difficulties are bound up with Brexit. Labour’s stretch wider, and are part of wider ones for social democratic and democratic socialist parties.
It rarely worked for the Conservatives when they tried to out-UKIP UKIP.
The Labour spokesman also calls his former colleague out for not offering the people of Streatham a ‘people’s vote’.
Rachel Wolf: On policy, it’s not the Independent Group that’s driven to the margins. It’s the Conservative Right.
The new group’s platform is not very inspiring. But its biggest problem is it they won’t be very different from the Conservatives’.
Plus: In news elsewhere, a luxury women’s health spa in Belgravia – with annual membership fees of £5,500 – this week blamed Brexit for its closure.
The SDP analogies are all wrung dry. But nobody has looked at what a more recent insurgency can teach the new outfit.
He and others should resign their seats, and then face their voters if they wish, when they join a new political party – but not before.
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.
WATCH: Umunna – “The last few years have shown the established parties are simply not up to this challenge”
“They can’t be the change, because they have become the problem.”