Chuka Umunna announces end of his political career – he’s joined the Lib Dems

Yellow: Chuma Umunna.

The MP who said he wouldn’t be seen dead in a yellow rosette has joined the Liberal Democrats.

This is the second change of party affiliation for Chuka Umunna within six months, as the former Labour MP for Streatham continues his quest to find a political party that can accommodate his personal ambition.

The simple fact is: He won’t find one.

This latest flirtation with the Lib Dems is happening because he saw them doing well in the European Parliament elections and thought they must be enjoying a revival; they aren’t.

The brief bounce happened because the Lib Dems positioned themselves as the ‘Party of Remain’ in elections that weren’t about Brexit at all, but which were presented as such to fool the voters.

People don’t live in ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ constituencies – they vote for the party whose policies reflect their own thinking, as Labour’s win in Peterborough demonstrates.

And Mr Umunna, once touted as a possible future head of the Labour Party, back in its New Labour days, will end his career as nothing more than a footnote.

Source: Chuka Umunna joins Lib Dems: ‘No room for two in centre ground’ | Politics | The Guardian

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  1. Simon Cohen June 14, 2019 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Ah, so at last he shows his true qualities as a weather-vane opportunist and general time serving shape shifter. He’s found the right party though, one that prtrays itself as ‘tolerant’ yet supported the deaths of 120,000 by propping up one of the vilest Governments in modern times.

    Enough to make one ‘chuck up.’ Perhaps he should be renamed ‘Upchukka.’

  2. Martin Odoni June 14, 2019 at 11:52 am - Reply

    It’s the fact that Chuck-up publicly criticised David MacDonald for making the same switch less than a month ago that makes me want to puke.

  3. foggy June 14, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Talk about taking the p*#s out of the electoral process !!

    The electoral process is in serious need of reform. In theory, MP’s can defect to another party, without democratic confirmation from the public via Bye-elections, therefore bolster another parties numbers in Parliament, to even become a majority Party without having a G.E !

    Jeremy Corbyn needs to get on this and make it part of the Labour manifesto so as snakes like Umunna stop being chameleon MP’s !

  4. Dan June 14, 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hopefully this bitter Blairite yesterday man will lose his seat at the next general election. It shows how rotten our “democracy” is that he didn’t face an immediate and automatic by-election on leaving Labour.

  5. groovmistress June 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    The headline is very telling. His is indeed a political “career”.and he’s in it to win it, regardless of which party. He’s the epitome of the new breed of career politician, it’s all just a business with rather good opportunities for one’s own financial and social advancement.

  6. trev June 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    It’s time he quit Politics and got a proper job.

  7. [email protected] June 14, 2019 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    What a loser. Still he is moving towards his natural home – The Tories!!!

  8. Neville June 14, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Don’t wite off Chuka just yet. He represents a high remain constituency and has a high personal vote. He, like many of us, is alarmed by the leftward drift of the Labour party under Corbyn. He will have three years to build up his Lib Dem vote, so he could still win when a general election comes.

    • Mike Sivier June 18, 2019 at 10:00 am - Reply

      You do know what the Labour Party is about, don’t you?

    • trev June 18, 2019 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Neville, many more of us are very pleased with the “leftward drift of the Labour party”, it’s what we’ve been waiting many years for and gives me personally a reason to vote Labour again. A proper Labour party with Socialist credentials and policies, not the neoliberalism masquerading as Centrism that New Labour was.

  9. Ray June 14, 2019 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Won`tbe long before he joins the tory party, where he belong since he is a toryboy.

  10. G.K. Arulampalam June 16, 2019 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Well, Chuka has always been too posh(being a high flying City lawyer & married to a lawyer) for Labour. Having said that, Lib Dem is a strong anti-Iraq war Party as well.

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