Britain's Labour Party MP Angela Smith makes an announcement she is leaving the party, in London, Britain, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson - RC17E1126570 (Reuters) - Angela Smith, the former UK Labour MP, will join the Liberal Democratic party, the Times newspaper reported in its Sunday edition. Smith was among the seven lawmakers to quit the Labour Party in February over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism. Reporting by Akshay Balan in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman … [Read more...] about Former Labour MP Angela Smith to join Liberal Democrats party
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Liverpool MP Luciana Berger has joined the Liberal Democrat party. The former Labour and Change UK MP has represented the Liverpool Wavertree constituency since 2010, when she replaced Jane Kennedy as the Labour MP. She has previously held shadow cabinet roles, covering public health and mental health for Labour, but in February this year she was one of a group of Labour MPs who announced they were quitting the party. Ms Berger, who is Jewish, said she was leaving the party because of its failure to deal with issues of antisemitism and because of the policies around Brexit. The group of ex Labour MPs and a number of quitting Tory MPs then formed the new Change UK political party. But she and five others went on quit Change UK in June - choosing to sit as independent MPs in the House of Commons. But today she has confirmed she is joining the Liberal Democrat Party - announcing the news with party leader Jo Swinson. The news was announced first on Twitter by London Evening Standard … [Read more...] about Liverpool MP Luciana Berger joins Liberal Democrat party
Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat MP standing to become leader of her party, hopes to be Prime Minister. There’s never been a Liberal Democrat in Number 10. The last Prime Minister from the Liberal Party, a predecessor of the Lib Dems, was David Lloyd George, who left office in 1922. But the Lib Dems are on a roll. They came second in May’s European elections, beating the Conservatives and Labour, and made gains in local elections while both major parties lost council seats. And as Ms Swinson points out, politics has never been more unpredictable. She asks: “What predictions would we have each made five years ago, which we’d have been very certain about, that entirely got ripped up by events?” Ms Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, is in a battle with Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, to replace Sir Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader. Read More Today's other news stories They both have experience of government, as ministers in the Tory-led … [Read more...] about Jo Swinson wants to make the Liberal Democrats the largest party
Our country is one of the greatest in the world. From the industrial revolution to the world wide web, Brits have revolutionised the way we live. The NHS is the envy of the world. We are one of the world’s largest economies. William Shakespeare provides just one example of our cultural impact across the globe. We have revelled in our diversity. We can be a country not only proud of our history, but proud of what we can become – open, humorous, decent, confident and modern. It is this spirit which inspired my late father to come to this country from Nigeria and build a life here. This is the Britain I love, and what we must strive to become again. Today, sadly, we may be diverse but we are also a deeply divided and unequal country. A truly “United” Kingdom now is an aspiration, not a reality. Globalisation has raised the standard of living of countless millions of poor people around the world but in Britain it has brought wealth to too few and insecurity to … [Read more...] about Chuka Umunna: This is why I joined the Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats are experiencing a surge after successful local and European election campaigns - but will they be able to translate it to Westminster? The party has topped a recent general election poll, ahead of the Brexit Party, Labour and the Tories, reports Perspecs. Some describe the Lib Dems as a phoenix, rising from their previous state of "political roadkill". Others, however, are taking the polls "with a pinch of salt". The Claim Sky News' Lewis Goodall likens the Lib Dems to a political phoenix, whose resurrection came because "the moment demanded it". He says that they are experiencing a transformation out of nowhere, with their poll rating rising and quickly, as well as "mammoth local election gains” and “equally impressive European results". Goodall argues: "For years they've been the running joke of British politics. The Lib Dem bird barely twitching in the road: political roadkill. "Yet all of a sudden that roadkill has shown signs of life - it is … [Read more...] about Will the Liberal Democrats’ surge in the polls last?