Change UK rebrands Twitter account as old one HIJACKED – ‘Cringe UK’

The new party was created by in February by Labour and Tory who initially branded themselves The Independent Group or TIG. TIG then registered as a political party for the European elections and switched its name to Change UK - The Independent Group. But another rebrand has seen the group change from @TheIndGroup to @ForChange_Now - so it can no longer be mixed up with online petition website.

Change UK sent out a message from the new account with said: “Our website’s updated to VoteForChange.UK & Twitter to @ForChange_Now!

“Sadly our former handle has been hijacked by someone making mischief.

“Our message is clear - politics is broken, we need to change it. We are arguing for a #PeoplesVote & for #Remain in these elections.”

High profile remainer Anna Soubry, who defected from the Tories to join the group just days after its formation, accidentally referred to her new party as “” in the House of Commons shortly after the original announcement.

At the time, the petition website said it was seeking guidance over the proposed use of our brand name.

The new owner of the party’s previous handle has changed the account’s banner to a sideways version of the real logo alongside the caption: “Cringe UK, the terrible group”. The profile photo features a picture of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

Former Conservative MP Heidi Allen is the party’s interim leader and will see the new entity through the Euro elections.

It then plans to elect a permanent leader at its first conference in September, where the likes of Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie could be in the running.

Earlier Change UK spokesman Chuka Umunna was warned “squabbling” between Remain parties will “benefit” Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party after it was confirmed EU elections are going ahead.

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