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At zero per cent, it is even below Ukip, which has been all but destroyed by multiple, scandal-hit leadership changes and the rise of the rival Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, yet manages one per cent. There is pressure on the party’s five remaining MPs to after two of their former colleagues, Chuka Umunna and Sarah Wollaston, joined the Liberal Democrats. But a defiant Ms Soubry, The Independent Group for Change’s leader, insisted it remained vital, as the Brexit crisis deepens, saying: “We will carry on.”
Ms Soubry told The Independent: “We are on a much firmer footing, I don’t think I’m being over-optimistic.”
The Independent Group for Change’s fortunes will revive memories of Paddy Ashdown’s comment that Liberal support was “an asterisk” when he took over in 1989.
The ambitious bid to remake British politics, now called The Independent Group for Change, after two chaotic name changes and a bitter split failed to register in the survey.
The poll, by BMG Research for The Independent found the Conservatives have a six-point lead