Anna Soubry was grilled following a host of resignations from Change UK (Image: BBC)
Ms Maitlis began by pointing out to Ms Soubry: “You’ve lost half your members.” With Ms Soubry now party leader noting that losing 6 of its 11 MPs meant “more than half”, Ms Maitlis continued to ask: “You’re down to 5, you’re the new leader, you haven’t got any MEPs, so that you would admit mistakes were made along the way?” The former Small Business, Industry and Enterprise Minister replied: “I think it was the challenge that people did underestimate”.
The Remain party which calls for a second referendum lost its one MEP, Richard Ashworth, in the European elections and gained just 3.4 percent of votes.
Ms Maitlis pointed out the party polled 18 percent at one point and she had “met people who funded you, who got you started, who couldn’t bring themselves to vote for you in the European elections.”
The Liberal Democrats won 16 of the seats with 19.6 percent of the votes having won over much of the pro-Remain vote.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable did suggest an electoral alliance to not split the vote with the Greens, Change UK but was rejected.
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