Chuka Umunna is the future of politics. It's the fake loyalty of Labour moderates that looks unprincipled

Chuka Umunna
Chuka Umunna has joined the Lib Dems Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

I hope Chuka Umunna has a thick skin. His announcement that he has joined the Liberal Democrats was leaped upon gleefully by people who – let’s be frank – do not have the Streatham MP’s best interests at heart. And who can blame them? A matter of a few weeks ago he sought, along with eight of his former Labour Party colleagues and three ex-Conservative MPs, to launch a new centre party that would provide a safe haven for everyone who feels politically homeless in this era of Brexit chaos.

Alas, a series of missteps, including the crucial timing of the launch, meant that the early excitement of the event diminished quickly. When the Liberal Democrats emerged as the main beneficiary of angry Remainers...

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