London, United Kingdom: This afternoon, our founder and former leader, Chris Coghlan, announced his resignation from Renew, citing differences with the current leadership.
We are sorry to have lost Chris’ input in the future. Even while work commitments prevented him from leading the party on a day-to-day basis after November 2017, he remained an important member of the team and has been a vital sounding board over the last few months.
We would like to thank Chris for his contribution to the party, particularly his recent efforts focused on our local election campaign in Wandsworth, achieving results of which we are proud. We will always be indebted to his efforts and vision in establishing the party last year.
Renew and its Principals remain focused on building a genuine alternative for the UK for the next election and fighting the government’s damaging Brexit. We have grown significantly since our launch in February, receiving over 1,000 applications to stand as parliamentary candidates and registering over 5,000 supporters. Following this growth, we are working to establish a robust, open and democratic organisation to involve our candidates and supporters more closely in the running of the party. We are sad that Chris has felt the need to resign at this stage but reject many of the allegations he has made.
Background: Renew is a registered political party set up by a group of independent candidates who stood in the June election 2017 on a campaign to Rethink Brexit, Renew Britain. Building on mass disaffection with existing political parties, Renew has enjoyed overwhelming support for its centrist agenda to address inequality and create a new vision for modern Britain – from a position of strength as a full EU member. So far, the party has recruited some 300 candidates from outside politics – including health workers, teachers, economists, public sector workers, working mothers, students, retirees – all committed to representing their communities & setting the UK on a different course. Renew aims to recruit and train 650 credible candidates for any future election and will campaign to Remain in the EU in any vote on the final deal.For media interviews and further information, please see www.renewbritain.org and contact Renew party press office at email@example.com, or phone 0203 239 1692 or 07801 993148.