Change UK/TIG leader Anna Soubry had been a leading pro-European MP in the Conservative party [Simon Dawson/Reuters]

The Independent Group for Change, also known as Change UK, is to start “winding up” as a political party, following its general election failure, its leader Anna Soubry has confirmed.

The ex-Tory minister said the party’s management council had agreed the “process for closing” and admitted it had been hard to “cut through as a distinctive political force” since the group emerged in February.

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The party, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s sister Rachel Johnson stood for at the European Parliament elections in May, fell short in its bid to elect any MPs at the general election.

Soubry, in an open letter to members, said: “We

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