Former Labour Party politician Umunna joins Liberal Democrats

FILE PHOTO: Member of parliament Chuka Umunna of Change UK appears on BBC TV’s The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain May 19, 2019. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – A prominent former Labour Party politician, Chuka Umunna, said on Thursday he had joined the pro-European Union Liberal Democrats, barely a week after he quit a new political grouping he had jointly formed months earlier to block Brexit.

“Labour and Tories are committed to facilitating Brexit … the Liberal Democrats are not,” Umunna said in a statement released by the party, which has now increased to 12 the total seats it holds in Britain’s 650-seat lower house of parliament.


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