MPs leaving speaks volumes about the state of the Labour Party...and why we need a new politics

February 18, 2019 6:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today, 7 MPs left Labour to form an independent group. I felt they were brave and said I hoped we'd be able to work together.

What I didn't say is I felt the answer to many of their reasons for leaving are addressed right here, with the Liberal Democrats.

British politics is not fit for purpose.

We need a new politics. One that puts people not politicians first, that is community-based and also internationalist. That's us.

Brexit

They're leaving a Labour party that has let down its members and its voters for political gain. Labour's refusal to act on Brexit is a betrayal of the people that the party claims to stand for. Lib Dems have been unequivocal in our reasons for being anti-Brexit. That's us.

Social Justice

Society should be free of poverty, ignorance and conformity. Where everyone feels safe and celebrated for who they are. We want a welfare state to catch people when they fall and people to have the power to grab hold of the world and make their dreams a reality. That's us.

But for millions in our country none of this feels true - it doesn't have to be this way.

We're the only party that will stand up to power and privilege to bring fairness and opportunity for all of us. We will build a better country with less injustice and where people have opportunities to build themselves a better life.

We need you to help us make that happen. Demand better for Britain. Join us today.