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One door closes, another opens… June 14, 2019

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And so… the news arrives that:

Chuka Umunna, who left Labour in February to found the Independent Group, has switched party once again and joined the Liberal Democrats.

Given the inglorious failure of CUK – not least at the European Elections did he suddenly wonder what structure would be there to maintain his seat? Indeed that raises an intriguing question – how many members of the BLP in his constituency made the journey with him?

This might be suggestive:

It is unclear whether Umunna hopes to fight for his Streatham seat at the next election, or has been offered an alternative. He told the Times: “I’m a Streatham boy, born and bred, and I’m absolutely committed to the constituency,” but added that where he stands at the next election is a “discussion that needs to be had”.

One Lib Dem source suggested he could stand in Richmond Park, the seat currently held by the Tories’ Zac Goldsmith but which was won by Cable’s former chief of staff Sarah Olney at a byelection in 2016.

I’m always curious about that issue of memberships in such instances – solo runs by MPs (or TDs or whoever) are a risky business. Perhaps he and those who founded CUK thought hordes of possible members would stream towards them. Clearly it didn’t work out like that. More on this topic later today.

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1. EWI - June 14, 2019

Perhaps he and those who founded CUK thought hordes of possible members would stream towards them.

I would think not. If mandatory re-selection contests were in, he and the rest of the treacherous Blairite lot would be long gone.

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