Ashdown in talks with Labour MPs over new centre-left alliance

Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has called for a progressive platform to bring together politicians from different parties…

The peer said he was not proposing a new party but, like current Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, he refused to close the door on the idea.

Instead, Lord Ashdown has backed a grassroots organisation that would allow politicians to sign five pledges they have in common…

The Sunday Times reports that the current leader was aware of Lord Ashdown’s new initiative, which also has received the backing of some Labour MPs. [Politics Home]

You can read Paddy Ashdown’s article over on the The Sunday Times website [£].

I’ll be covering more detail about this, along with other political realignment moves involving the Liberal Democrats, in more detail in the next edition of Liberal Democrat Newswire, coming out later today [update – now available to read here].

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UPDATE: Paddy Ashdown’s new political movement has now been launched, called More United.

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