Rebel MP Chuka Umunna is set to continue his battle against Brexit by standing for the Liberal Democrats in his own rock-solid Labour seat.
And sources say Mr Umunna will seek to capitalise on his South London constituency’s massive vote for Remain in order to overturn his own 26,000-plus majority.
The former Labour MP and five colleagues walked out of the newly formed Change UK party last week – sparking reports they were about to defect to the Lib Dems.
And there were suggestions that former Shadow Business Secretary Mr Umunna would inherit the Twickenham seat of outgoing Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable if he stands down at the next General Election.
But sources close to Mr Umunna last night insisted he would stay and fight in his Streatham constituency, which recorded a 79.5 per cent Remain vote in the 2016 referendum – one of the highest in the country.
An ally said: ‘Chuka wants to do the decent thing and fight his own corner despite the huge Labour majority he built up at the 2017 General Election.
‘The seat voted so heavily Remain in the referendum that a clear, positive Lib Dem message on Europe – plus his own personal following – gives him a real chance.’
Mr Umunna was one of eight Labour MPs to quit the party earlier this year in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and later joined a group that became Change UK.
Last night, Lib Dem leadership contender Sir Ed Davey said Mr Umunna would be welcome in the party, adding: ‘I’ve little doubt that someone of Chuka’s flair and appeal could win Streatham for the Lib Dems.
'First he needs to join and show he shares our values.’'
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