What does it feel like to quit a party?

Image copyright Reuters What will the MPs who have quit their parties to form a new centrist group in Parliament be feeling right now? Scared? Relieved? Excited? Or filled with sadness and even a touch of regret?
It was easy to see all of those emotions on display at the press conferences – two days apart – in which seven Labour MPs and then three Conservatives announced that they were quitting (the 11th member of the group, Joan Ryan, did not hold a press conference of her own).
But the tone of the two events was different.
The Labour defectors all spoke about what the Labour Party meant to them, how they had joined it as young people, filled with idealism and a desire to improve the lives of working people.
But, they said, the party had changed beyond all recognition under Jeremy Corbyn and they could no longer be part of it.
In other words: „It's not me, it's you.”
Three Tory MPs join breakaway group Eighth MP quits Labour for Independent Group Minor tremor or political ..

Shamima Begum case: I have one citizenship, says IS bride

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShamima Begum: 'I got tricked and I was hoping someone would have sympathy with me' Shamima Begum – the teenager who fled London to join Islamic State – has said she only has „one citizenship” and it was wrong for the UK to revoke it without speaking to her first.
It is only possible to strip someone of their UK nationality if they are eligible for citizenship elsewhere.
It is thought Ms Begum has Bangladeshi citizenship through her mother.
But the Bangladesh foreign ministry said the matter had nothing to do with the country.
The 19-year-old told BBC News she had hoped the UK would understand she made a „very big mistake” by joining IS.
She was a schoolgirl when she left Bethnal Green in 2015, and was found in a Syrian refugee camp last week after reportedly leaving Baghuz – IS's last stronghold.
She gave birth to a son at the weekend and now wants to return home.
While he said he would not comment on individu..

Brighton councillor Anne Meadows quits Labour over ‘anti-Semitism’

Image caption The Conservative Party chairman said he was delighted to welcome Anne Meadows Labour could lose control of Brighton and Hove City Council after one of its councillors joined the Conservatives in protest at anti-Semitic abuse.
Anne Meadows, whose husband is of Jewish descent, said she had suffered 18 months of attacks.
„There has been a lot of anti-Semitism going on in the city and that was aimed at me as well,” said Ms Meadows.
Last July, she was deselected by Labour party members ahead of this year's local elections.
Ms Meadows said she would stand again in May as a Conservative.
„I am now firmly rooted in the Conservative party,” she said.
The Tories are now the council's largest party and will try to form a minority administration.
'Driven out'Ms Meadows, who has represented the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean ward for nearly 25 years, said the abuse „came to a head even in Labour group meetings where I would be attacked, and none of the other councillor..

Independent Group: Three MPs quit Tory party to join

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThree Conservatives MPs resign to join Independent Group Three Tory MPs have resigned from the party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs.
Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to Theresa May to confirm their departure.
The three held a press conference, criticising the government for letting the „hard-line anti-EU awkward squad” take over the party.
The PM said she was „saddened”, but her party would „always offer… decent, moderate and patriotic politics”.
The pro-Remain trio will join the new Independent Group – made up of eight Labour MPs who resigned from their party over its handling of Brexit and anti-Semitism – saying it represented „the centre ground of British politics”.
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President Iohannis: On this day we commemorate sufferings endured by Roma people for centuries

President Iohannis: On this day we commemorate sufferings endured by Roma people for centuries2019-02-20 16:21:10Nr afisăriFolow us
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PlayThe Romani emancipation Memorial Day, marked each year on February 20, evokes a moment of great importance for the Roma minority in Romania, but also a fundamental historical step of our country towards democracy and modernity, President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday in a message.
„The 163 years of freedom of the Roma people are just as many years of freedom of the Romanian people, in whose path towards the European values the abolition of the Romani slavery represented a major milestone. On this day, we commemorate the sufferings endured by the Roma for centuries,” the president added.
„The heavy remembrance of the centuries of suffering must unite us in combating marginalization, discrimination and racism. The Romani emancipation Memorial Day is the occasion to reconfirm cohesion around common values, in a society wh..

Independent Group: Minor tremor or political earthquake?

Image copyright PA Are the tectonic plates of British politics moving with the formation of a new „centrist” group in Parliament – or are we experiencing a minor tremor?
It's too soon to say – but that won't stop some MPs and commentators declaiming as though they were expert political seismologists.
So let's stand back and examine the landscape.
A split is quite an easy thing to understand.
Three Tory MPs join breakaway group Eighth MP quits Labour for Independent Group But currently there are fissures that run all the way through British politics and which makes the future look far from stable.
The addition of three Conservative MPs to the ranks of eight Labour defectors could, on the surface, look like the breaking of the British political mould.
But let's examine the multiple fissures more closely.
Timing is everythingMomentum – the influential group of Labour left wingers – has denounced the nascent political grouping as neo-liberal Blairites and Tories.
Yet ..

PMQs: The verdict

Image copyright HOC Theresa May went head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons. Here's what happened.
All eyes were on the three Conservative defectors who took their seats next to their new, former Labour, colleagues on the opposition benches for the first time.
But it was business as usual for Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
Three Tory MPs join breakaway groupIn a formulaic clash, the Labour leader called once again on the prime minister to rule out a no-deal Brexit – only to be told, once again, there were two ways to do that – stay in the EU or back her deal.
There was no mention of defections – and both the opposition and government benches were a bit quieter than usual.
Both leaders began with warm tributes to veteran Labour MP Paul Flynn, who died this week.
And Mr Corbyn responded to an earlier question from a Tory MP about anti-Semitism, saying it had „no place whatsoever in any of our political parties, in our lives, in our society”.
Then it was back to Bre..

President to decide on national budget; draft budget passed by intended for majority welfare (spokesperson)

President to decide on national budget; draft budget passed by intended for majority welfare (spokesperson)2019-02-20 13:33:14Nr afisăriFolow us
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PlayPresidential spokeswoman Madalina Dobrovolschi said on Wednesday that President Iohannis is due to make a decision on the national budget and social security laws that he will made public in the coming days, adding that the president sees the draft national budget passed by Parliament as not intended for the development and progress of Romania but for the „welfare” of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule.
„The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, points out that the budget is not intended for the development and progress of Romania but for the welfare of PSD,” Dobrovolschi told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace. AGERPRES (RO – author: Florentina Peia, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN – author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)
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