There is one thing that is certain in politics at the moment: you cannot quite predict what might happen next.
One of the most interesting developments this week, which has drawn some attention away from the seemingly continuing Brexit mess, is the new Independent Group of MPs that has formed in parliament.
It all started with eight Labour MPs announcing that they were leaving the party to set up on their own. A day later, three Conservative MPs joined their ranks, and there are whispering s that more could follow.
Trying to find unbiased political news these days is like looking for a needle in a haystack, but there seems to be a consensus that this Independent Group could help change British politics but perhaps not in the way that it was designed. Now that some Tory MPs have joined their ranks, it is harder to brand them as a group of disaffected Labour MPs who disagree with Corbyn.
In their joint resignation letter to Theresa May this week, Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen said that the Independent Group represented “the centre ground of British politics”, the BBC reported.
The Evening Standard is just one of the newspapers suggesting that both the major parties are bracing themselves for further resignations and more MPs joining the breakaway group, who have yet to form an official political party.
With 11 members and counting, this now means that the Independent Group has more MPs than the DUP, which is a key ally propping up May’s majority. But with more defections from both sides, that majority could be eroded.
Dr Wollaston told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that she is aware of many colleagues in the Conservative party who will be “watching carefully” and who could also take the decision to walk away from the party if they believe Mrs May is steering the country into a no-deal Brexit.
On the other hand, some argue that perhaps this party will only be useful as a bellwether to highlight and filter out those politicians that may have turned on their own constituents and are purposely frustrating the will of the people to benefit the few.
Either way, it is certainly an interesting dynamic and we look forward to seeing the “Independent Groups” next move…
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