Luciana Berger joins the Liberal Democrats

Former Labour frontbencher Luciana Berger has joined the Liberal Democrats.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP left Labour in February to form the Independent Group, which later evolved into Change UK.

But she left that party in June and has now joined Jo Swinson’s Lib Dems.

Ms Berger said: “This is a moment of national crisis. The Liberal Democrats are unequivocal in wanting to stop Brexit and are committed to securing Britain’s future as a tolerant, open and inclusive society.

“I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats today, in the national interest, to offer a vital, positive alternative to (Boris) Johnson and (Jeremy) Corbyn and help build a future that our country deserves.”

Her decision to join the Lib Dems comes just two days after Phillip Lee dramatically defected from the Tories during a speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Commons.

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