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Disgruntled Tories must join us too, urges Chuka Umunna

Disgruntled Tories must join us too, urges Chuka Umunna

For May's Brexit plan, the resignations are yet another blow to more than two years of talks to leave the European Union, which have been punctuated by defeats in parliament, rows over policy and a confidence vote, which she ultimately won.

In a statement, the three lawmakers who left the Conservative Party, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston, said they could no longer tolerate membership because of the influence of the party's hard-liners.

Three MPs quit Britain's governing Conservatives on Wednesday over Brexit, saying the issue had "re-defined" the party and was "undoing all the efforts to modernise it". They added that there had been "a dismal failure" to stand up to the European Research Group, a faction of more than 50 strongly pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, which they accused of operating as a party within a party.

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The centrist members who abandoned Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party say their movement has swung too far left. Prior to quitting the party, Ryan had served as the chair of the Labour Friends of Israel group since 2015.

Cllr Bridget Smith, the leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, which was won by the Liberal Democrats from the Tories at the last election, said: "We welcome Heidi's decision to leave a party with which she has seemed increasingly uncomfortable".

The new party was formed on Monday when seven Labour MPs, including Luciana Berger, who is Jewish, resigned claiming it had done nothing to resolve anti-Semitism within its ranks.

"The party that was once the most trusted on the economy and on business is now marching us towards the cliff edge of a no-deal Brexit", Wollaston said.

'And I think what's really anxious me about Theresa, and she has history in the Home Office that supports this, because I'm an old barrister, I look at the evidence, and I think she's got a problem with immigration.

Storm Erik set to lash United Kingdom with gusts of up to 70mph
Fallen trees have been blocking railway lines up and down the nation, including between Fareham and Eastleigh this evening. Flooding disrupted the Edinburgh-Glasgow line via Airdrie, between Easterhouse and Garrowhill in Glasgow.

Her announcement came as Labour launched a consultation on changes to allow voters to force MPs to seek re-election if they swap parties.

Three Tory MPs have resigned from the party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs.

How that would translate into seats would depend on where the votes were cast and how many Independent Group MPs were running.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, gives a speech at the EEF National Manufacturing conference, in London, Britain, February 19, 2019.

At present, recall petitions can only be launched in a handful of circumstances, such as a serious breach of United Kingdom parliamentary rules or a criminal conviction. A by-election is forced if the petition is signed by 10% of constituents - usually around 7,000 people - within six weeks.

Labour will consult on extending the principle to cover MPs who switch political allegiance.

"I think that Brexit has absolutely fractured British politics and that includes the Conservative Party".

Mrs May's spokesman dismissed the attack on immigration, insisting the Prime Minister was committed to a post-Brexit immigration system that "takes back control of our borders and allows us to continue to let in the brightest and best".

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