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Heidi Allen: Why I’ve joined the Liberal Democrats

Heidi Allen, the MP for South Cambridgeshire, has said the political “landscape has shifted beyond all recognition” since she became an MP in 2015.

She has announced that she will stand for election in the constituency as a Liberal Democrat, following a spell as an independent.

Earlier this year, she quit the Tories and then became interim leader of Change UK - the Independent Group, before leaving to return to the benches as an independent once more.

MP Heidi Allen. Picture: Keith Heppell
MP Heidi Allen. Picture: Keith Heppell

Explaining her reasons for the changes, she said: “When I became an MP in 2015, I could never have imagined we would find ourselves in this position. Through the prudent and practical decisions taken during the coalition years, the economy was recovering and our country was on the up.

“Coming from business, joining the Conservative Party seemed the logical thing to do. But two general elections and an EU referendum later, the landscape has shifted beyond all recognition.

“In February 2019, I resigned from the Conservatives to sit as an independent MP, because I recognised the party had drifted irreversibly to the right and was more concerned with its own survival than the national interest.

“The party had become utterly unrecognisable, uncompassionate and willing to wreck the economy and peace in Ireland by not just contemplating, but actively courting a No Deal Brexit.

“The European Elections in May 2019 highlighted the need for MPs to work together in the national interest, putting aside party interests. Voters were crying out for a remain alliance to offer an alternative to the future portrayed by Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.

“Believing that if you get the right people around a table anything is possible, I have always been comfortable with cross party working. So through the summer and into the autumn, as an independent broker, I have worked with the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Plaid Cymru and the independents to build that remain alliance across England and Wales through the organisation I formed, Unite to Remain.

“Confident that good progress has now been made on building that remain alliance, I recognise that as with most things in life, I am stronger and more effective when I am part of a team.

“Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I know that the best way to serve my constituents and country is to join the Liberal Democrats.

“Now is the time to stand shoulder to shoulder with, not just alongside, those I have collaborated and found shared values with.

“Shifting to the extremes, the Conservatives and Labour have turned their backs on the liberal, progressive centre ground our country is crying out for. As we face the monumental task ahead of stopping a damaging Brexit, healing the rifts in society and rebuilding the UK, there is only one party with the honesty, energy and vision to do that – and that is the Liberal Democrats under the leadership of Jo Swinson.

“My constituency is liberal and inclusive, bursting with innovation – I am so proud to represent it as its member of Parliament. I have been bowled over by the support I have received from every corner of it.

“I got into politics to make a difference by challenging the status quo.

“So please help me, support me and join me in the Liberal Democrats – let’s do this.”

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