“Christ – the last thing the UK needs is an election!” argues ‘Change UK’

Chris Leslie saying 'CUK'
John Shafthauer

The Independent Group (TIG) has morphed into Change UK (CUK). Although it’s obviously inspired by France’s En Marche, it isn’t inspired by what that party did – i.e. win seats in an election.

For some reason, Change doesn’t actually want any change on that front:


Off The Perch caught up with Chris Leslie to ask him some questions:

OTP: So you’re called Change now. Wouldn’t the biggest change of all be holding an election?

CL: Definitely not. An election wouldn’t change anything.

OTP: It might change a few things. You’d probably lose your seat for a start.

CL: Yes, we’re all aware of the Labour and Conservative bullying campaign against us.

OTP: Are you describing rival political parties attempting to take your seats as ‘bullying’?

CL: Well how else would you describe it? We really want those seats. There shouldn’t be another election until we can outlaw grassroots campaigning altogether.

OTP: That would be a big change. Is that the only change you’re pursuing, or are there others?

CL: We’re quite keen on keeping public services privatised.

OTP: How is that a change from your previous position?

CL: I wasn’t a Change MP when I argued for it before.

OTP: Fantastic.


It could be that Change UK’s name change will be enough to convince people the party actually stands for change. Some people remain unconvinced, however:

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