Now we are 17.
Angela Smith, the MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, who joined Change UK from Labour back in February has tonight announced that she had joined us.
I am delighted to be joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats. We need a more inclusive, tolerant politics for our country that values diversity. The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party to stop Brexit and build a society that gives opportunities to everyone, tackle the climate crisis and invest in our public services.
We are facing a national crisis and people deserve better than the choice of the old two parties. I am relishing continuing my work with the Liberal Democrats to not only fight against Brexit but to also campaign for the constitutional reform needed to mend our broken politics.
Jo welcomed her to the party:
In February, Angela made the brave decision to leave the Labour Party after over forty years of membership, because of the mishandling of anti-Semitism claims and Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on Brexit.
“Now, she follows Chuka Umunna, Dr Sarah Wollaston, Dr Phillip Lee and Luciana Berger in joining the Liberal Democrats’ rapidly growing Parliamentary team. We welcome Angela’s commitment to stopping Brexit, and to building a fairer, more liberal society.
“The Liberal Democrats have always been an inclusive party, and our doors are open to anyone who shares our liberal values, and our commitment to a fair, free and open society.
We had thought that Laura Gordon would be our next MP in Sheffield. She welcomed Angela:
Laura Gordon @LibDemLaura
Delighted that Sheffield now has a Liberal Democrat MP! Welcome @angelasmithmp!
The Liberal Democrats are attracting support from all over the political spectrum through our clear values and opposition to Brexit. Delighted to have Angela on our side making the case! https://twitter.com/thesundaytimes/status/1170441863519711239 …The Sunday Times
✔@thesundaytimesSunday Times exclusive: Angela Smith MP has defected to the Liberal Democrats https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/angela-smith-is-third-mp-in-a-week-to-join-lib-dems-2klg5pfsq …
I was bowled over at the Defend Democracy rally by Angela’s dignity and courage in facing down the childish and vicious hard-left faction and I was proud to stand behind her. Excited to work together to hold this arrogant Labour Council to account and turn Sheffield gold!