Chuka Umunna’s old tweets come back to haunt him as he joins Lib Dems

Twitter users have been reminding new Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna of some of the things he said about the party before joining them – including a claim he "couldn't forgive them" for austerity.

Various old tweets from the former Labour and Change UK politician were resurfaced after Mr Umunna announced he would be representing a third party in the space of a year.

One post which has now gone viral saw Mr Umunna write: "I could never ever countenance suggesting voters support Liberal Democrat or Conservative candidates on account of their Remain credentials – this would require turning a blind eye to the cuts to our local schools, the NHS and other public services instigated by both parties in Government from 2010 to 2015 and carried on by the Tories alone since 2015, which all our communities are now suffering from.

Retweeting the post, originally written in April 2017, Labour-supporting political commentator Owen Jones wrote: "Chuka Umunna has just joined the Lib Dems, 2 years after saying he couldn't forgive what they've done to his area and couldn't countenance suggesting voters back them.

"He's been a member of 3 political parties this year. He should stop insulting his voters and call a byelection."

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Former Change UK and Labour MP Chuka Umunna at a press conference in Westminster, London, where he announced he is joining the Lib Dems. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Former Change UK and Labour MP Chuka Umunna (left) with Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable following a press conference in Westminster, London, where he announced he is joining the Lib Dems. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Former Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna (R) gives a speech next to leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable after it was announced that he is to join the Liberal Democrat party on June 14, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. Chuka Umunna, former Change UK MP, said there is "no room for two parties occupying the centre ground in British Politics". Umunna formed Change UK after breaking away from the Labour Party where he had previously been Shadow Business Secretary. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Change UK MP Chuka Umunna speaks during a European Parliament election campaign rally at the Manchester Technology Centre in Manchester, northwest England, on May 21, 2019. - Despite voting in a referendum to leave the European Union in 2016 Britain is braced to take part in the European Parliament election on May 23. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Change UK MP Chuka Umunna speaks at a rally at Bath Cricket Club in Bath, southwest England, on May 16, 2019 campaigning for the European Parliament election. - Despite voting in a referendum to leave the European Union in 2016 Britain is braced to take part in the European Parliament election on May 23. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Chuka Umunna, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Chris Leslie Independent MP's of the new pro-EU political party, Change UK pose during the launch of their European election campaign in Bristol on April 23, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Independent Group MPs pose for photographers in Institution of Civil Engineers in central London on 20 February, 2019. MPs Anna Soubry (2R), Sarah Wollaston (L) and Heidi Allen (2L) held a press conference after quitting the Conservative Party earlier today to join the Independent Group founded by seven former Labour MPs on Monday. The three ex-Conservative MPs cited the government's handling of Brexit negotiations and a shift towards the right of the British politics as a reason for their resignation. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Labour MP Chuka Umunna who has announced his resignation during a press conference at County Hall in Westminster, London, along with a group of six other Labour MPs, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey and Gavin Shuker, who will be known as the Independent Group. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON,UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 22: Labour MP Chuka Umunna's general election campaign launch in Streatham on April 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
LONDON,UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 22: Labour MP Chuka Umunna's general election campaign launch in Streatham on April 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
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In another previous tweet from 2013, Mr Umunna said: "Vince Cable talks about increasing the minimum wage, but you can't trust a word the Lib Dems say."

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A screengrab of tweets posted by Chuka Umunna in 2013 (PA)

In a Times interview with Mr Cable announcing his move, Mr Umunna said he had been "wrong" to believe the UK needed a new political party.

Mr Umunna was one of a number of Labour and Tory MPs who quit the parties in February to form the anti-Brexit Change UK, which was originally known as the Independent Group and has now applied to change its name to The Independent Group for Change.

After the Streatham MP tweeted about his latest switch, some urged him to call a by-election.

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery responded: "Whey aye Chuka....we believe you we really do! Three parties in as many months....who's next ?

"Put your immense popularity to the good people of Streatham...let's have a PV (people's vote) on you and your principles."

Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway was more succinct in his response to the announcement, simply replying "lol".

When asked by the Times if he was prepared for a backlash from his former colleagues, Mr Umunna said: "I've got a pretty thick skin."

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