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Roundup of polls since the Independent Group formed; It is only a few weeks since eight Labour MPs and three Tories left their parties to sit as the Independent Group in parliament but, as the cliche goes, a week (let alone two CHECK) is a long time in politics.

Byline: Nicola Bartlett

It is only a few weeks since eight Labour MPs and three Tories left their parties to sit as theIndependent Groupin parliament but, as the cliche goes, a week (let alone two CHECK) is a long time in politics.

But the newcomers seem to already have changed the political landscape.

Since they were formed Jeremy Corbyn'sLabourparty has proactively come out for a second referendum andTheresa Mayhas promised to give MPs a vote on extending Article 50.

The change in heart of the two party leaders are only partly due to losing a handful each of MPs in a parliament with such tight arithmetic.

What's also likely to have had an effect is the polling which shows that the new group would take votes away from both the major parties.

There are, of course, some huge caveats which come with this data, namely that The Independent Group (TIG) remains for the moment a loose grouping and not a political party.

It's worth bearing in mind that we don't know if they will go on to become a proper party, although Chuka Umunna, says they want to, and then we don't know how many seats they would choose to contest.

However despite obvious issues with the numbers, it's still interesting to look at the polling since the 11-strong group formed.

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Date:Mar 3, 2019
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