Alex Kane: MPs who left their parties this week should study history of the SDP

From left, former Labour MPs Ann Coffey, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Joan Ryan, Mike Gapes and Angela Smith. Picture by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
It is almost 40 years since a group of former Labour MPs launched the Social Democratic Party. They were very unhappy when, in January 1981, under new leader Michael Foot, the party committed itsel[...]

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