Cross-party working in action

Published 15 January 2018

Back in April and May, when More United's members voted on which candidates to back in the General Election, an eagerness for working across party lines was one of the main criteria in that selection process. More United helped 34 of those candidates get elected and in the months since, these MPs have demonstrated that for them cross-party collaboration is not just a lofty intention. It's a fundamental principle that they are putting into practice at every opportunity.

For months More United-backed MPs have been campaigning against a hard, destructive Brexit, and their efforts have meant putting country before party.

Just a month ago Anna Soubry led a group of fellow Conservative MPs to rebel against the Government by voting to give Parliament a vote on the final deal, for which she and others faced shocking levels of abuse online and in the media. Labour MPs Owen Smith, Alison McGovern and others have been vocal in critiquing their own party's stance on Brexit, calling for it to change its official position. All the while MPs such as Vince Cable, Ian Murray and Caroline Lucas have been tireless in highlighting the threats posed to our economy and our environment by a hard Brexit. 

Today Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna are leading a delegation of pro-EU MPs that includes Stephen Doughty, to meet with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier. It's part of a recent surge in pressure from MPs across all parties to keep the UK within the single market.

Outside of the realm of Brexit, Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb and Labour MP Liz Kendall have been working with Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston to address the considerable challenges facing the NHS and social care system. They have called on the Government to establish a cross-party convention to find a sustainable, long-term solution to these challenges.

All of this work has been made possible by MPs who are willing to work across party lines. It's the 34 More United-backed MPs who are leading the charge.