CHANGE UK lost six of its eleven MPs following a mediocre performance in last month’s Euro elections when it failed to elect a single MEP.
Remain forces have been deeply divided over the past year, which ensured The Brexit Party was easily able to top the polls in the EU election while facing a deeply divided opposition.
Anna Soubry MP, a former Tory, has been elected as Change UK Leader via a vote of its remaining five MPs.
Soubry said she was “deeply disappointed” that Heidi Allen, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith, Sarah Wollaston, and Chuka Ummuna had left.
Change UK – formerly known as the Independent Group/Tiggers – was formed in February by MPs who quit both the Labour and the Conservative parties.
Its MPs pledged to push for a second referendum, which has also been called a people’s vote by its supporters.
The 3.4% obtained by Change UK has seen a dismal showing in the EU parliamentary elections. Leading members of the Liberal Democrats have urged ChangeUK to merge with the LibDems, to form a strong Remain alliance.
Vince Cable and the LibDems came in second place throughout the United Kingdom behind The Brexit Party and achieved a remarkable first place showing in London.
If the former ChangeUK MPs merge into the Liberal Democrats, it is likely to put further pressure on the Labour Party to dump Jeremy Corbyn as Leader.
A Brexit Party victory in the Thursday parliamentary by-election in Peterborough is expected to result in a move by senior Labour MPs to remove Corbyn. This, in turn, will result in a Labour Party leadership election which will coincide with the Tory leadership campaign.