Three MPs resign from the Conservative Party to join The Independent Group

20 February 2019


Today Heidi Allen MP, Anna Soubry MP and Sarah Wollaston MP have resigned from the Conservative Party and joined The Independent Group.

Writing to the Prime Minister to inform her of their decision, they said:

“We no longer feel we can remain in the Party of a Government whose policies and priorities are so firmly in the grip of the ERG and DUP.

“Brexit has re-defined the Conservative Party – undoing all the efforts to modernise it. There has been a dismal failure to stand up to the hard line ERG which operates openly as a party within a party, with its own leader, whip and policy.”

Commenting on the Government’s handling of Brexit, they said:

“The final straw for us has been this Government’s disastrous handling of Brexit.

“Following the EU referendum of 2016, no genuine effort was made to build a cross party, let alone a national consensus to deliver Brexit. Instead of seeking to heal the divisions or to tackle the underlying causes of Brexit, the priority was to draw up 'red lines'. The 48% were not only sidelined, they were alienated.”

On the current state of British politics, they said:

“The country deserves better. We believe there is a failure of politics in general, not just in the Conservative Party but in both main parties as they move to the fringes, leaving millions of people with no representation. Our politics needs urgent and radical reform and we are determined to play our part.”

On joining The Independent Group, they said:

“We intend to sit as independents alongside The Independent Group of MPs in the centre ground of British politics. There will be times when we will support the Government, for example, on measures to strengthen our economy, security and improve our public services. But we now feel honour bound to put our constituents’ and country’s interests first…

“We will continue to work constructively, locally and nationally, on behalf of our constituents.”

ENDS