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Watch: Change UK MP’s David Brent moment

Change UK are faring dreadfully in the polls with the party’s support down to just one per cent, according to a recent survey. But Joan Ryan – the Labour MP who defected to the fledgling outfit earlier this year – has a new strategy to try and turn things around: firing voters up with a motivational pep talk.

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