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Heidi Allen’s independent approach raises questions

27 July 2017

4:23 PM

27 July 2017

4:23 PM

Since Theresa May lost her Tory majority in the snap election, few of her MPs have been more critical of the Prime Minister than Heidi Allen. The MP for South Cambridgeshire has predicted that May will be gone within six months – and said in a speech in the Commons that she could ‘barely put into words’ her anger at her party’s deal with the DUP.

Is Allen now distancing herself from the party? There is no mention of the Conservative party in Allen’s Twitter bio, and now her attendance at this year’s Tory conference is up in the air. The Tory MP tells Bright Blue, the Conservative think tank, that she’s ‘not certain’ she will attend:

‘She’d certainly be better suited to being an independent,’ mutters one put-out Tory. However, Allen insists to Steerpike that she is fine where she is – and that her conference attendance rests on whether or not she will be moving house.

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