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Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston joins Lib Dems

Sarah Wollaston MP Photo: PA

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston has announced she's joining the Liberal Democrats, the second party she's switched to this year.

She was one of three Conservative MPs to join the then newly formed party Change UK in February and later chose to sit as an independent.

Sarah Wollaston addresses anti-Brexit campaigners at a people's vote march Credit: PA

In an open letter explaining her decision Dr Wollaston calls for a general election and says Brexit has "sucked all the political energy out of government."

After very careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that I can best serve the interests of this constituency by joining the Liberal Democrats.

Brexit has not only sucked all the political oxygen from government over the past three years, but it has also consumed the funding and energy that should have been invested in local communities, tackling climate change and supporting the workforce and infrastructure of our NHS, schools and transport. Just as we could and should have been benefiting from economic recovery after years of austerity, that has been put into reverse because of the march to No Deal.

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The Liberal Democrats under the new leadership of Jo Swinson are outward looking and unequivocally committed to remaining at the heart of an evolving Europe. In this new political landscape, I feel this is the best political party from which to stand up for the communities I am privileged to represent. I hope that you will join me.

– Sarah Wollaston MP, Lib Dem, Totnes