Heidi Allen MP was appointed Interim Leader of The Independent Group (TIG) on Friday 29th March 2019, as the group formally applied to register as a political party under the name ‘Change UK – The Independent Group’.
This move comes following the ongoing deadlock in Parliament over the future of Brexit, and the growing possibility that the UK may need to participate in the European Parliament’s elections next month if a lengthy extension to Article 50 is agreed. In order to put forward candidates in any future election TIG must be a registered party, and this process began with a formal application to the Electoral Commission last week.
As part of the process of becoming a fully-fledged party, Heidi was appointed Interim Leader of the group by her fellow MPs. The election of a permanent leader will take place at the new party’s inaugural party conference and launch in September this year.
Commenting upon being appointed Interim Leader of TIG, Heidi said:
“Today marks a huge step forward on The Independent Group’s journey to becoming a fully-fledged political party, so I am delighted to have been chosen as our Interim Leader.
“If we are to deliver on our ambition to change politics for the better, it is vital that we attract support from people from every walk of life, every political background and none. Coming into the House of Commons from running my manufacturing business in 2015, I have seen with my own eyes how improved our political system would be if it harnessed the diverse skills and experience of our country.
“We in Change UK, as we hope to be known, don’t just dream about a fairer and better future for our country, we are determined to unleash it through hard work, passion and shared endeavour.”
For more information on The Independent Group, please visit its website.