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SDP 2.0? Why the Independent Group’s values are more New Labour than Limehouse

The breakaway group of Labour MPs are more united than what they are not than what they are. Nevertheless, their position statement is revealing

By Tom Clark  

The new Independent Group hold different values to the SDP (left). Photo: PA/Prospect composite

After endless months of speculation, we finally know who the MPs are who can longer tolerate life in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party.

Do we, however, have any idea of what they and their new “Independent Group” stand for? To an extent the answer is “no”—and by design.

In Westminster, they are hoping to lure a handful of Conservative colleagues they have spent a lifetime opposing to join them, a tricky task which will only get…

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