Change UK / TIG’s Twitter name gaffe

Change UK / TIG's Twitter name gaffe
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Whether it's the Remainer group's shambolic name change, it's bizarre choice of logo, or unwise decision to snub an electoral pact with the Lib Dems, Change UK / TIG has not exactly established a reputation for competence in the few months since it was founded.

But it appears the group hasn't given up making new gaffes just yet. Following the political party's decision to change its name from the Independent Group to Change UK, it decided to update its Twitter handle today: from @TheIndGroup to the rather strange @ForChange_Now. Unfortunately, it seems the breakaway MPs didn't realise that someone might take over their old account handle once it had been vacated.

And, in a matter of minutes, the @TheIndGroup account was hijacked by an individual campaigning for a hard Brexit. Probably not quite what Chuka Umunna and Heidi Allen were hoping for:

Even more unfortunately, anyone Googling the Independent Group to find out more about the newly formed party, will instead by directed to the hard Brexit account. And the party managed to lose its Twitter 'blue tick' which verifies that a user is genuine.

Based on its current trajectory, Mr S wonders if the political party will even make it to the European elections...

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