West Midlands candidates arrive at Staffs to discuss the new party.
The countdown to the European elections on the 23rd of May has kicked-off. Two local candidates paid a visit to the University to discuss their intentions.
Joanna McKenna, who is a children’s orthopaedic surgeon at an NHS hospital, and Amrik Kandola, a former partner in a large commercial law firm, have never been involved in politics before but have taken a stance with the remain-supporting party, Change UK.
Change UK, formerly known as The Independent Group, combines the brains of former members of the Conservative and Labour parties, with the breakaway lead by seven members of Jeremy Corbyn’s party, who had grown disillusioned by the direction of the opposition.
Joanna McKenna told Staffs Live: “We can all agree that politics is broken”
“If you asked the question, is Brexit going well? I don’t think anyone would agree with that.”
“I think there’s a very important point to make. Leaving the EU is only the beginning. The negotiations with the EU for a start, on trade deals, will take decades. It will lead to uncertainty, which is bad for business and bad for the people of this country.
“We are unequivocally a remain party, so we are campaigning for a people’s vote to remain part of the EU.”
With seven seats in the West Midlands there for the taking, the competition will be tough. But Amrik Kandola thinks Change has a chance of appealing to undecided voters.
“If you look at the main parties, particularly the two main parties”, he said. “What you see in each of them, is division.”
“What that is doing is preventing any of them doing anything in the national interest.
“What you will see in Change UK is a number of politicians coming together, working in the national interest. Not focused on them, but on something for the country, and I’m proud to be part of that.”