Change UK has today announced the election of its new Leader – Anna Soubry – and reaffirmed its commitment to its founding mission to fix Britain’s broken politics, following the departure of several MPs.
To that end, Change UK has today announced several commitments and calls aimed at breaking the deadlock in Westminster and providing an alternative to the old, established parties.
Change UK has:
- Insisted that Parliament should have the opportunity to hold a vote on the revocation of Article 50 in the event Britain is still facing a disastrous no-deal Brexit in October;
- Announced that Change UK will this summer undertake a national programme of public and expert consultation to build a radical centre ground set of policies;
- Called for a cross-party summit of the UK’s smaller political parties to discuss the democratic crisis facing the country, and the need to break the cartel of the bigger established parties.
Commenting, Anna Soubry MP, Leader of Change UK, 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.
“Challenging the established broken political parties was never going to be easy. We registered as a political party to stand in the European elections but it was never our sole purpose. It is vital we continue leading the fight against a damaging Brexit, pressing for a People’s Vote and being prepared to revoke Article 50 in the face of a no-deal Brexit.
“But Brexit is not the cause of our broken politics, it is a symptom of it. So we now look forward to providing a real choice for the public in future elections and building our policies through the evidence-led, deliberative policy making project we were planning before the European elections.”
“We believe we have a responsibility to the candidates who stood for us, our 100,000 registered supporters and the near 600,000 people who voted for us, as well as a duty to the country, to stand up for those who feel the established parties do not represent them and who want a different choice and to change our broken politics.”
Change UK will this summer launch a nationwide programme of deliberative democracy. It will take MPs across all corners of the UK to hear from members of the public and expert witnesses about the issues facing local communities and the country as a whole – and discuss how to address them. It forms part of Change UK’s commitment to not only tackle the threat of a no-deal Brexit but to address its underlying causes.
References to ‘Change UK’ are to the political party registered with the Electoral Commission as ‘Change UK – The Independent Group’.
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