Who are the 'Three Amigo' rebels? The long-serving Tory MPs who quit to join Independent Group

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These are the three Conservative MPs who quit the Tory party to join up with seven Labour politicians in a new Independent Group - citing the Prime Minister's 'disastrous' handling of Brexit.

Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston all quit today in a major blow to Theresa May's authority, claiming she'd failed to stand up to the 'hard line' European Research Group of Brexiteers.

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The three - who will join the eight ex-Labour MPs who have formed The Independent Group - also cited concerns over a 'government whose policies and priorities are so firmly in the grip of the ERG and DUP.'

They said in a statement today: 'Brexit has re-defined the Conservative Party - undoing all the efforts to modernise it.

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'There has been a dismal failure to stand up to the hard line ERG which operates openly as a party within a party, with its own leader, whip and policy.'

They added: 'The final straw for us has been this Government's disastrous handling of Brexit.'

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Former minister Ms Soubry, the MP for Broxtowe, Health Select Committee chairwoman and Totnes MP Dr Wollaston and South Cambridgeshire MP Ms Allen said they could 'no longer act as bystanders' as Mrs May continued with her Brexit strategy.

Anna Soubry: 'I'm not leaving the Conservative Party, it has left us'

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Anna Soubry had been a vocal and at times visceral critic of Brexit who has faced well-publicised personal abuse.

A persistent rebel while int he Conservative Party, on Wednesday she blasted hardline 'entryism' into the Conservative Party.

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She said: 'I'm not leaving the Conservative Party, it has left us.'

The MP attacked Theresa May, saying that since she became leader the party had shifted to the right and 'the modernising reforms that had taken years to achieve were destroyed'.

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The result, the Nottinghamshire MP said, was...
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