Swanson Parachutes Luciana in to Golders Green

Clareine Enderby was named as the LibDem candidate for Finchley & Golders Green a mere 10 months ago. Now she isn’t.

Guido reported rumours that Luciana was being lined up for the seat weeks ago, it is after all where Luciana lives rather than her distant current constituency of Wavertree. It seems a little bit of an undemocratic coup to shunt aside the incumbent candidate,. Swanson is showing some admirable ruthlessness in her desire for power. Clareine this morning sent a welcome through gritted tweet:

The seat is Tory / LibDem marginal with the LibDems getting less than 7% of the vote in 2017. Luciana is going to have her work cut out…

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Luciana Berger Defects to Lib Dems

Clearly sensing an imminent election, the formerly Labour Party, then Change UK, then independent MP has joined the Liberal Democrats. Guido hears a rumour that she is looking to stand in Finchley and Golders Green, where she has her London home. Someone had better tell Clareine Enderby, the already selected Lib Dem candidate for the constituency

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New Independent Group in Parliament Launches

Just in case things weren’t confusing enough after the Change UK/Independent Group split, a new grouping called The Independents has now launched, including some – but not all – of the rump of the Independent Group. Rather than being a party they say they are structured as a “co-operative” instead. Hopefully they manage to work together more cooperatively than Change UK did

At launch they have five MPs – Independent Groupers Heidi Allen, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker and Angela Smith plus former Labour MP John Woodcock, although there’s no sign of Sarah Wollaston. Looks like they won’t be following Chuka to the Lib Dems just yet…

They are making a big feature of their values, rather than political positions, and their independent complaints procedure which Woodcock has already referred himself to in order to resolve the outstanding Labour complaint which Labour deliberately left hanging over him. Can they succeed where TIG/CUK/RA/FC_N failed…?

UPDATE: Even more confusingly, they’re separate from another pet project launched today by Heidi Allen called “Unite to Remain” which will try to get the unruly mass of pro-Remain parties to work together. Or alternatively, try to maintain any sort of media relevance for Heidi herself…

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What Do The TIGgers Actually Believe?
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Luciana Berger Explains Why She Quit “Institutionally Anti-Semitic” Labour Party

 

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Seven Labour MPs Resign and Form “The Independent Group”

Seven Labour MPs have announced their resignation from the Labour party and the formation a new group called “The Independent Group”. The seven are Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Anne Coffey. They have released a full ‘Statement of Independence’ explaining their decision…

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