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Heidi Allen: “I probably would” join a new centrist party

The Conservative MP on political realignment and why she won’t vote for May’s deal

By Alex Dean  

Heidi Allen, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire. Photo: Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament

British politics is under immense strain. The traditional two-party system is collapsing under the weight of Brexit. Remainers are in despair at what they perceive to be a Eurosceptic takeover, and full-scale political realignment is on the cards.

Possible defectors to a new centrist party usually scramble to deny any involvement. But then Heidi Allen is not your usual kind of politician. The Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire told me she is really “at heart an independent.”


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