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All change at Change UK as opportunists quit in search of someone who’ll vote for them

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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The BBC’s flimsy excuse for stopping Heidi Allen appearing on TV – but welcoming Nigel Farage

Stranglehold: The signer was actually interpreting a comment in a previous Nigel Farage TV appearance, but it works equally well to describe feelings across the nation at this minority party representative’s residency on the BBC in the run-up to the EU elections. The BBC is meant to be impartial; where are the other minority party representatives?

Apparently the BBC thought it was all right for Nigel Farage to appear on Question Time because other politicians were there to balance out his views.

It is true that, besides Mr Farage, Amber Rudd appeared for the Conservatives, Jonathan Reynolds for Labour and, yes, Anna Soubry for Change UK.

So perhaps it is right for Ms Allen to have been denied the chance to appear on Have I Got News For You. That would have given her minority party two appearances on the major UK TV network in two days – an unfair advantage over Mr Farage’s minority party.

And in fairness, the BBC should now be giving airtime to the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, UKIP, the SNP, the DUP, Sinn Fein and – oh, yes – even the Liberal Democrats, before letting representatives of Labour, the Tories, Change UK or the Brexit Party have another crack of the whip.

Do you think that will happen?

No. Neither do I. So much for BBC impartiality.

And here’s a relevant point:

Mr Farage is set to appear on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday – his second appearance in four days.

With the BBC under investigation for failing to uphold its commitment to impartiality, isn’t it surprising that nobody considered this to be a mistake?

The BBC has pulled an episode of Have I Got News For You because of impartiality fears ahead of the European elections – just 24 hours after it hosted an episode of Question Time featuring the Brexit Party’s leader.

It decided to cancel the airing of the show, presented by Jo Brand and recorded the day before, because it realised it could break impartiality rules because Heidi Allen from Change UK was on the panel.

The show’s production team took to social media to apologise, as viewers turned on BBC One to find a repeat of Would I Lie To You instead.

In the statement it said: “Sorry everyone. The BBC have pulled tonight’s edition of #HIGNFY – no, we didn’t book Danny Baker. We booked Heidi Allen, a member of a party no-one knows the name of (not even the people in it), because the Euro elections, which nobody wants, may or may not be happening. Sorry.”

Source: BBC pulls Have I Got News For You over Heidi Allen appearance – 24 hours after Nigel Farage appears on Question Time | Latest Brexit news and top stories – The New European

Tory crocodile tears: MP who wept at Universal Credit stories helped block publication of reports on its effect

Remember this?

I have already poured doubt on Heidi Allen’s sincerity; her record is against her.

Now it has emerged that she voted against a move to clarify what the Conservative government understood Universal Credit would do, before it was put into operation.

Labour had tabled a motion in Parliament for a “humble Address” to the Queen, directing that any briefing papers or analysis provided to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 8 January 2018 on the impact of the roll-out of universal credit on recipients’ and household income and on benefits debts be presented to MPs.

That motion was defeated by a margin of 20 votes – 279 for; 299 against.

Ms Allen voted against it.

So much for her claim that “By God, we’ll work together and make it better.”

Her actions speak for themselves; she likes Universal Credit just the way it is.

Source: Tory MP who CRIED at Universal Credit horror stories votes to BLOCK Universal Credit Impact Assessment publication | Evolve Politics

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Crocodile tears: Heidi Allen’s emotional response to effect of Universal Credit is negated by her voting record

It would have been such a nice story – a ‘coming together’ of Labour and Conservative to make Universal Credit better. What a shame it isn’t true.

Here‘s Evolve Politics:

Labour’s Frank Field moved a Conservative MP to tears during a debate on Universal Credit in Parliament today.

During an incredibly emotive speech, Field recounted several horrifying stories of the devastating effects the new all-in-one Tory benefit, Universal Credit, has had on several of his constituents.

Field’s stories, which included a constituent who he had attempted to persuade not to commit suicide, and another family whose child had cried with hunger, were so heart-wrenching that Conservative MP Heidi Allen was left too emotional to continue her reply to the Labour MP.

See the exchange for yourself:

The trouble is, they were crocodile tears from Ms Allen, who makes a very good show of caring when she is in front of the Commons cameras, but relentlessly troops through the lobbies in support of the Conservative government policies that have caused the misery that apparently moved her.

The information from TheyWorkForYou.com states clearly that Ms Allen has voted “against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability” and “generally voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits”. [Boldings mine.]

https://twitter.com/Barkercartoons/status/938156811215044610

 

And some commenters have paused to remind us all that the architect of Universal Credit was Iain Duncan Smith – and he deserves to be punished for the harm he has inflicted on innocent citizens of the UK:

https://twitter.com/susieharris19/status/938125378190790658


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