Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna: Why I joined the Liberal Democrats

He says there's only room for one centre right party in British politics

Change UK MP Chuka Umunna says he has switched to the Liberal Democrats because he was "wrong" to think "millions of politically homeless people" wanted a new party.

The former Labour MP for Streatham told Today he had "massively underestimated just how difficult it is to set up a fully-fledged new party without an existing infrastructure".

He says there's only room for one centre right party in British politics
He says there's only room for one centre right party in British politics.

Chuka Umunna joins the Lib Dems after quitting Change UK

Chuka Umunna
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Former Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna has joined the Lib Dems.

The Streatham MP told the Timeshe had been "wrong" to think "millions of politically homeless people... wanted a new option on the ballot paper".

"I also think I vastly underestimated the importance of having an infrastructure and existing relationships with voters," he added.

He was one of six Change UK MPs to quit last week, after it gained only 3.4% of the vote in the European elections.

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