Angela Smith becomes third MP to join Lib Dems in a week

Angela Smith MP has moved to the Liberal Democrats after three months of sitting as an independent MP.

The former Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge she had joined the Liberal Democrats due to extremists taking control of both Labour and the Conservative parties.

Ms Smith is the third MP to join the Liberal Democrats in a week, bringing the total number in the House of Commons to 17.

The former Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge she had joined the Liberal Democrats due to extremists taking control of both Labour and the Conservative parties

The former Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge she had joined the Liberal Democrats due to extremists taking control of both Labour and the Conservative parties

The former Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge she had joined the Liberal Democrats due to extremists taking control of both Labour and the Conservative parties 

She told The Sunday Times: ‘Both the major parties are now in the grips of extremists. The Tories look more like a British nationalist party and the Labour party is quasi-Marxist.’ 

Ms Smith was welcomed by leader Jo Swinson, who had hinted in a tweet on Saturday afternoon that the anti-Brexit party would be gaining another member.

Ms Swinson wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening: ‘Welcome Angela Smith to the Lib Dems. She’s the sixth new MP to join us in the last three months, along with over 30,000 new members. Together we can stop Brexit.’

Ms Smith joins former Change UK members Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger in joining the Liberal Democrats from the Change UK group which was formed in February.

She was one of 11 representatives who left Labour and the Conservatives to form the group, however she departed the group to sit as an independent MP in June.

Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey also greeted Ms Smith to the party, tweeting: ‘We’re going to need a bigger bench.’

Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna

Luciana Berger

Luciana Berger

Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger are two other former Labour MPs who have defected to the Lib Dems 

In a blog post for the party published on Saturday, the MP called for more inclusive and tolerant politics as well as fighting against Brexit.

She wrote: ‘Our country deserves better than this. At a time of national crisis, people deserve a better choice than the two old parties.

‘I am therefore delighted to be joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats.

‘The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party to stop Brexit and build a society that gives opportunities to everyone, tackles the climate crisis and invests in our public.’ 

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems are said to be in talks with some of the rebel Tory MPs kicked out by Mr Johnson about an election pact. 

This could see former Cabinet minister Rory Stewart stand as an independent MP but follow the Lib Dems in some votes in return for the party not fielding a candidate against him, according to The Sunday Times

Similar conversations are said to have also taken place with former attorney-general Dominic Grieve, former business minister Margot James and former universities minister Sam Gyimah. 

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems are said to be in talks with some of the rebel Tory MPs kicked out by Mr Johnson about an election pact, including Rory Stewart (seen on Wednesday)

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems are said to be in talks with some of the rebel Tory MPs kicked out by Mr Johnson about an election pact, including Rory Stewart (seen on Wednesday)

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems are said to be in talks with some of the rebel Tory MPs kicked out by Mr Johnson about an election pact, including Rory Stewart (seen on Wednesday) 

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