Press Conference to announce resignation from Conservative Party

Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston today wrote a joint letter of resignation to the Prime Minister explaining their reasons for resigning from the Conservative Party. In the letter, the three MPs explained that they joined the Conservatives as “a party of economic competence representing the best of British business, delivering good jobs, opportunity and prosperity for all, funding world class public services and tackling inequalities.” However, they feel that these principles have been “abandoned” and “purple momentum” has swamped the Party.

The trio announced they will join the newly formed Independent Group sitting alongside eight former Labour MPs. All have said there will be times when they support the Government, but “feel honour bound to put [their] constituents’ and country’s interests first.”

The Independent Group aims to change the broken state of politics and during this week’s press conferences the MPs appealed to colleagues from across the house to join them. More information about The Independent Group can be found on their website.

During her speech at the press conference announcing the trio’s resignation, Heidi said she was “excited” about the future adding that she wants “to be part of something better, a party that people vote for because they want to, not because they feel they have to.”

To watch Heidi’s full speech at the press conference click on the link above or read a copy of her speech here.