Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, February 22, 2019

More dissent in Commons

This time, MPs from the Conservative Party have joined the group of Labour leavers.

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

The PM said she was "saddened", but her party would "always offer... decent, moderate and patriotic politics".

The three criticised the government's "disastrous handling" of Brexit and said it had undone "all the efforts to modernise" the Conservatives.

The pro-Remain trio will join the new Independent Group - made up of eight Labour MPs who resigned from their party over its handling of Brexit and anti-Semitism - saying it represented "the centre ground of British politics"…

The departure of the three MPs has reduced the government's working majority to nine MPs, and Ms Allen claimed there were "absolutely" other colleagues "keen" to join the group.

The Independent Group now has more MPs in Parliament than the Democratic Unionist Party and equals the number of Liberal Democrats…

The three MPs said they will support the government on areas such as the economy, security and improvements to public services, but they felt "honour bound to put our constituents' and country's interests first" over Brexit. They told Mrs May in their letter: "We voted for you as leader because we believed you were committed to a moderate, open-hearted Conservative Party.

"Sadly, the Conservative Party has increasingly abandoned these principles and values with a shift to the right of British politics."…

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