General election 2019: Anna Soubry disbands Independent Group for Change

The Independent Group for Change Image copyright Getty Images Image caption None of the original members of the breakaway group remains an MP

The Independent Group for Change is being disbanded after failing to win any seats at the general election, leader Anna Soubry has said.

The party was founded last March by Labour and Tory MPs unhappy with the direction their parties were going in.

The 11 MPs aimed to create a new centre ground force in politics.

But some members left to join the Lib Dems or quit politics, and the remaining four all lost their seats to candidates from their former parties.

Eight Labour MPs left the party to form the breakaway group, citing Labour’s Brexit policy and record on tackling anti-Semitism.

They were later joined by three Remain-supporting Conservative MPs, Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen.

‘Broken politics’

Dr Wollaston later joined the Lib Dems – and lost her seat to a Tory candidate last Thursday – and Ms Allen did not stand for re-election.

Former Labour MPs Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger stood as Liberal Democrat candidates but were also defeated in last Thursday’s election.

Independent Group for Change leader Ms Soubry came a distant third in Broxtowe, which was won by the Conservative candidate.

Former Labour MPs Gavin Shuker, Chris Leslie and Mike Gapes, who stood as Independent Group for Change candidates, also lost their seats.

Earlier on Thursday, the group, which was briefly known as Change UK, tweeted: “We came together & took a stand when others wouldn’t.

“It was right to shine a spotlight on Britain’s broken politics. But having taken stock and with no voice now in Parliament, we beg


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