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Re-rat race: the many MPs swapping sides, in numbers

The current rate of party churn is like nothing we’ve seen since the war

By Tom Clark   November 2019

The whip cracks as loudly as ever at Westminster, but it ain’t working like it used to. For decades, MPs have grown steadily more rebellious on individual votes, but the Brexit years are driving them to the ultimate mutiny—deserting their tribe entirely, or defying party chiefs to boot them out. 

While the old structures crumble, the new cannot hold. The Independent Group of breakaways formed at the start of this year, and was renamed to Change UK (perhaps a Macronian nod at founder member Chuka Umunna) with comical haste, before half its members split into another already forgotten gang called…

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