Tig­gers to form new poll party

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NEWLY-formed The In­de­pen­dent Group is in talks with the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion about be­com­ing a fully-fledged po­lit­i­cal party, says spokesman Chuka Umunna.

He said the group had to be­come a party in or­der to present an al­ter­na­tive to the “bro­ken po­lit­i­cal sys­tem”.

Eight MPs quit Labour and joined with three for­mer Tories to form the group, which is joint fourth-largest in Par­lia­ment, with the Lib Dems.

By reg­is­ter­ing as a party, the group can con­test seats in fu­ture elec­tions.

Speak­ing out­side the Com­mis­sion’s HQ in Lon­don, for­mer Labour MP Mr Umunna ( above) said: “We have been over­whelmed by the tens of thou­sands of peo­ple who have shown sup­port for what we are do­ing and want to see an al­ter­na­tive.”

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