Like you, we are tired of what politics has become.

Our country faces big challenges which urgently need solving. Our aim is to reach across outdated divides and build consensus to meet those challenges. We will make decisions based on evidence – and arrive at them by debating with tolerance and respect. Every member of our group has the right to be heard and the duty to lead.

Forming The Independent Group hasn’t been an easy decision – but it is time to recognise that our politics is broken and needs fundamental change. We are excited to be on this journey with you and with each other.

Thank you to Joan Ryan and Ann Coffey for their incredible work with us. Read Chris Leslie’s tribute to these two MPs who are not standing for re-election.