It was set up to ‘ensure the UK remains in the EU at all costs,’ and promised to ‘revolutionise’ British politics.
Three months later and Renew – a political party almost exclusively made up of people from London – is in trouble after their leader was given the boot.
Chris Coghlan, who set up the party, cited a ‘lack of shared values’ from his former colleagues on the Brexit issue.
Coghlan said: ”It has become increasingly clear that the vision for the party I founded could not be delivered through the existing senior team, and that that team will resist any attempt to change the current structure through democratic means. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I am leaving the party… Renew may not any longer offer this new hope but I’m hopeful that something will soon as Britain deserves better than what it’s currently being offered by those in charge.”
‘Lack of leadership’
However, other senior ‘renewers’ have claimed Coghlan did not step down, instead he was sacked for a string of offences against the party.
Hmmm, this doesn’t bode well for new parties…
— Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher) 24 May 2018
According to the letter, Coghlan was faced down after a vote of no confidence – the issues cited were; financial mismanagement, poor governance, and electing non-elected members to the board of control.
My resignation statement from Renew pic.twitter.com/Xj6ZfRLsAz
— Chris Coghlan, Renew Founder #FBPE (@_Chris_Coghlan) 24 May 2018
A bad start
Mainstream revealed back in February that the fledgling political movement used images of actors to appear on their website.
The actors were used under the testimonial section, and were clearly used to look a lot more diverse than the party really was.
The party, under the candidates section, seems to draw in its support from London, and sometimes even to Kent.
But it looks like the party which promised so much has more important things to worry about right now.