Anna Soubry the new leader of the Change UK party has claimed the Chuka Umunna has made a ‘serious mistake’ with his decision to leave the breakaway party.
Six change UK MPs left the party just last week alone: Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston, Angela Smith, Luciana Berger. Gavid Shuker and the parties Poster Boy Mr Umunna himself.
Ms Soubry told how the departure of Chuka has deeply upset her, in conversation with journalists from the Guardian she said: “I will always be more sad than you can imagine that Chuka is not with us.
I think he is a man of courage ability and talents, and I think he has made a very serious mistake.”
She continued: “I said to him:’The movements out there we just need to build a home for that movement, a political party.’
“When he decided that he believed we should not stand any candidates I was beyond even disappointment.
“I believed in him I believe he should be Prime Minister of our country. He was a major part of why I left the Conservative Party.”
Despite Change UK not wearing a seat at the most recent European Parliament elections, they still have 5 MPs, Chris Leslie, Joanne Ryans, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey and Anna Soubry.
Change UK managed to pick up 3.4% the vote and the European elections bringing into question if the party was electable at all. Since the election failure, the party has been riddled with infighting and resignations however the party’s leader Anna Soubry continues to put on a brave face for what little support Change UK currently has in the United Kingdom.
In an official statement following the resignations, Ms Soubry criticized her former colleagues, she said:“I’m deeply disappointed that at such a crucial time in British politics our former colleagues have made this decision.
“Now is not the time to walk away, but instead to roll up our sleeves and stand up for the sensible mainstream centre ground which is unrepresented in British politics today.
“Going forward, the Change UK MPs are as determined to fix Britain’s broken politics as we were when we left our former parties.”
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