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MP Luciana Berger ‘overwhelmed’ by warm welcome in Lib Dems

'This is a moment of national crisis. The Liberal Democrats are unequivocal in wanting to stop Brexit,' Berger said

Pointing the way forward: Luciana Berger
Pointing the way forward: Luciana Berger

MP Luciana Berger, who joined the Liberal Democrats last week, said she was “overwhelmed” by the warm reception she received in her new party.

Berger told The Times she was extended a warm welcome in Jo Swinson’s party, which stood in “stark contrast” to her experience as a Labour MP.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP refused to confirm speculation she could run in  London, telling the newspaper: “That’s not in my gift — that lies with the party.”

Berger was the second MP to join the Liberal Democrats last week, after Tory ex-minister Phillip Lee crossed the floor to the Lib Dem benches on Tuesday.

Berger quit Change UK in June, after defecting from Labour earlier this year. Previously, she was among seven MPs leaving Labour earlier this year, citing concerns about “institutional antisemitism.”

Speaking after joining the Lib Dems, she said: “This is a moment of national crisis. The Liberal Democrats are unequivocal in wanting to stop Brexit and are committed to securing Britain’s future as a tolerant, open and inclusive society.

“I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats today, in the national interest, to offer a vital, positive alternative to Johnson and Corbyn and help build a future that our country deserves.”

Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson said she was “delighted” to welcome Berger into the fold.

“Luciana is a passionate advocate for women’s and LGBT+ rights, and she’s at the forefront of efforts to counter antisemitism and prevent discrimination,” she said.

“Luciana becomes the fourth MP in three months to cross the floor and join the Liberal Democrats. We’re thrilled to add her perspective, expertise and skills to our ever-growing parliamentary team.”

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