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Change UK can tackle the European elections or be a party for the long-term—but it can’t do both

In the short term, the "Tiggers" will fail to gain support—and crucial media coverage—unless they stress their Remain stance. But longer-term success requires a different strategy entirely

By Chaminda Jayanetti  

Independent Group MPs Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry in Westminster, London. Photo: PA

Those who don’t while away empty hours of meaningless existence scrolling through Twitter are likely to have missed yesterday’s European elections campaign launch by Change UK, the hurriedly-rebranded Independent Group of anti-Brexit defectors from the main two parties.

For all the sniping at the new party’s tortuous struggle to agree on a name, it is the lack of mainstream news coverage for its campaign launch that bodes most ill for the elections to come.

Whereas the…

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