The Independent Group ended in failure, but they changed British politics

Their biggest impact was in forcing Labour to change its Brexit policy. 

A year ago today, seven Labour MPs announced that they were leaving the Labour party in protest over Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism in the party’s ranks and the Labour party’s pro-Brexit political position, to form a new political grouping, the Independent Group. They were joined over the following days by another Labour MP, Joan Ryan, and three Conservative MPs.

The group had a troubled existence, to put it mildly. They failed to sufficiently appreciate the...
source: New Statesman

2020-02-18 14:32
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