Novara’s Ash Sarkar: The new Independent Group MPs are doing ‘politics on easy mode’

Novara’s Ash Sarkar: The new Independent Group MPs are doing ‘politics on easy mode’

Novara Media's Ash Sarkar on BBC's Politics Live alongside Independent Group MP Angela Smith. Image: BBC

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ash Sarkar, a senior editor at Novara Media has described the seven MPs who have split from the Labour Party as doing “politics on easy mode”.

The MPs, who left the Labour Party on Monday to form ‘The Independent Group’, accused Labour of allegations of antisemitism and an “appalling culture”.

The group have already faced controversy after one of their MPs Angela Smith referred to people of colour having a “funny tinge” during BBC’s Politics Live on Monday. 



Ms Sarkar, who was also on the show, told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “I don’t want her to be hung, drawn and quartered over this because I don’t think that helps anyone and I don’t think it helps people of colour.

“I want the same standards that are applied to the left to be applied to this new grouping because at the moment it is like they are playing politics on easy mode.

“There is no scrutiny on what is holding them together. All that is being said of them is that they are not Jeremy Corbyn.”


'No one for me to complain to'

Ms Sarkar said that the new group lack the formal structures political parties have so “there is no one” to complain to if an MP makes comments like Ms Smith.

“When you resign the whip and form a new political grouping – but don’t form a political party – it means that there is less oversight,” Ms Sarkar said.



“There is no one for me to complain to if I wanted to. They have got no code of conduct that they have signed up to and there is no media scrutiny of those processes of accountability.

“That is where I think the balance is.”

The Independent Group MP has apologised for her comments, saying she "misspoke".