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And then there was one: Anna Soubry, centre, is the new leader of Change UK, while former leader Heidi Allen (left) and Sarah Wollaston (right) have quit the party like rats leaving the proverbial sinking ship.

Six of Change UK’s MPs have quit the party after it failed to make an impression at the European Parliamentary elections.

It speaks volumes about the party that its principal defectors were its former leader, Heidi Allen, and spokesman Chuka Umunna.

Both have been talking up the prospect of an alliance with the Liberal Democrats – who, conversely, fared exceptionally well at the elections.

While they haven’t actually joined the Lib Dems yet, it seems a safe bet that they will.

Also out of CHUK are Gavin Shuker, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith and Sarah Wollaston.

You can smell the desperation, can’t you?

These people left their respective parties in the belief that their personal brands were more popular than those of the parties they were leaving.

They were wrong – even the three who left the Conservatives.

Now, it seems to This Writer, the six quitters – double-quitters, if you think about it – are looking for another way to keep themselves in Parliament.

With the Liberal Democrats apparently on the rise again thanks to their stance as the “Party of Remain”, it seems they look like good prospects.

I’d say “watch this space”, but in the case of Change UK it is only likely to grow more empty.

Source: Change UK loses six of its 11 MPs after dire EU elections result | Politics | The Guardian

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