MP Chuka Umunna momentarily forgets which party he represents during live interview

Former Labour turned Change UK turned Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna momentarily forgets which party he represents during live interview (we share your pain, Chuka)

  • In a broadcast on BBC News Chuka Umunna is talking about climate change
  • But when he refers to his political party he appears to stumble over the word
  • Mr Umunna rapidly corrects to ‘Liberal Democrats’ and continues the interview 

Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna appeared to momentarily forget which party he represents during a live television interview.

In the broadcast on BBC News about the upcoming December 12 election, Mr Umunna is talking about action on climate change and how important it is to the Liberal Democrats.

He said: ‘Climate change is absolutely vital, it’s a big concern of La…Liberal Democrat supporters.’ 

It is an unfortunate slip up for Mr Umunna, a former business secretary who quit Labour in February this year to join The Independent Group, which later became Change UK ahead of the European elections in May. 

After disastrous election results, where Change UK failed to make any real gains at all but the Liberal Democrats came second to the Brexit Party, Mr Umunna went independent.

The former spokesman for Change UK then joined Jo Swinson’s party in June, his third political party in four months. 

His latest political switch came just six years after the Streatham MP said you ‘can’t trust’ the Liberal Democrats.

Social media users found the apparent gaffe hilarious, with many mocking the former lawyer.

The person who posted the clip said: ‘Come on now Chuka. Don’t forget what party you’re in this week.’

Another user said: ‘It’s hilarious. He forgot.’ 

And another said: ‘When you change parties as regularly as you do, it’s hard even for yourself to keep up.’ 

Mr Umunna will not stand in his Streatham seat in the upcoming election but will try and usurp the Tories in The Cities of London & Westminster.


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