CHANGE UK is the new political party launched by eleven former Conservative and Labour MPs including Chuka Umunna, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Mike Gapes.
They have all been horrified about the damage and chaos of the last three years of Brexit negotiations. They have been patient, given three years to see if Brexit could be resolved, and then finally had enough. Politics is broken they said. We need change.
Fiercely patriotic, Change UK wants to rebuild Great Britain. Their first priority is to win seats at the European Parliament. They want to send a clear message that Britain wants to Remain in the EU.
Change UK believes Great Britain is strongest as a leader of the free world. Sitting at the top table of the European Union as well as enjoying strong vibrant relationships with our international allies in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and also our allies in the Commonwealth, China, Japan and beyond.
Change UK is contesting the EU Elections on May 23rd and have put forward 70 candidates, including 10 in the South East Region. Their priority is to get people to vote and vote to Remain in the EU.
Richard Ashworth was LEADER of the CONSERVATIVE PARTY in the EU. Having watched both major parties abandon pragmatic centre ground politics in favour of ideological intolerance, he left the Conservative party in 2017. He is delighted to join the Independent Group, and is dedicated to supporting Change UK and a People’s Vote.
Richard trained in agriculture and land management and spent over thirty years in the food and farming industry. During that period he became convinced that education was the key to unlocking the potential of this country. That bought him into the world of politics. First elected to the European Parliament in 2004, he has been a member of the budget committee for fifteen years and was rapporteur for the 2018 European budget.
Richard has spent 15 years working on EU relations and is certain that every alternative arrangement that has been proposed would leave us, and our country, significantly worse off than we are now.
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For more information please contact James Burstall, press contact for South East region 07930 350 290.
Change UK launched its campaign for the European Parliamentary elections last week, with 70 candidates. Candidates included journalist Rachel Johnson – sister of Tory MP and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson and former BBC correspondent Gavin Esler.
For more information about Change UK see https://theindependent.group/
The complete list of Change UK candidates for the South East are – Richard Ashworth, Victoria Groulef, Warren Morgan, Eleanor Fuller, Robin Bextor, Nicholas Mazzei, Suzana Carp, Phil Murphy, Heather Allen, Diane Yeo