But a day after the seven left Labour to join the newly formed Independent Group, people are starting to question why the group still doesn’t have any policies.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s 'Today' programme, the group’s co-founder, Stretham MP Chuka Umunna, suggested that their lack of policies was down to the fact that the seven MPss had “only just left the Labour party”.
When presenter Nick Robinson asked what the group would be “left saying” if “Corbyn were to go and we were to leave the EU”, Umunna replied:
You’re talking to me like I’m part of a new political party.
We’ve only just left the Labour party and if we’re saying we need an alternative politics, and we’re not just going to do things in the usual way, going straight to setting up a brand new party and a political movement on day two wouldn’t be wise.
But some people argue that the group has been many weeks in the making, allowing the seven MPs plenty of time to come up with a set of policies.
The Independent Group reveals on their website that it is supported by the company Gemini A Ltd. And the Companies House listing for the company reveals that it was founded on 16 January by Gavin Shuker, the MP for Luton.
Many people on Twitter are asking why the Independent Group hasn't come up with any policies yet.
@TheIndGroup I have some questions:
- why are you set up as a private company and not a party?
- who is funding you… https://t.co/MOGKpyYyf7
— Red Bus Book Lover (@Red Bus Book Lover)
Umunna on 44 this morning: 'of course we don't have any policies yet, this splinter group just happened yesterday'… https://t.co/27gig9dU4f