Former Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna has announced that he has joined Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru. The move comes just days after the Streatham MP confirmed that he had joined the Liberal Democrats.
‘I enjoyed my time with the LibDems, but having been a member since Thursday it just felt like I’d gone as far as I could within the party’ says Umunna.
‘I want to thank Vince for everything but now feels like the right time to move on’.
‘I saw a guy from Plaid Cymru on Question Time the other night and thought ‘this is the party for me’. And of course the cause of Welsh separatism has always been very close to my heart ever since I went on that school trip to Tenby as a child. And who doesn’t love Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey?’
Umunna has been criticised for being a member of 3 different parties in the last 3 months and opponents have urged him to resign as an MP and trigger a by-election in his Streatham constituency.
‘I’m not planning to resign and stand for election again, but if I did I know that the good people of Streatham would re-elect me. After all what other candidate will be promoting the revival of the Welsh language and calling for a referendum on Welsh independence within the European Union?’
‘I couldn’t join a party that wasn’t fully committed to staying within the EU, and no-one is more pro-European than Plaid Cymru – except perhaps the SNP’.
‘Does anyone have Nicola Sturgeon’s number?’