Change UK are left red-faced after Brexit supporter hijacks old Twitter handle

Change UK are left red-faced after Brexit supporter hijacks old Twitter handle

Change UK have been left red-faced after a Brexit supporter took over their old Twitter handle and renamed the account 'Cringe UK'. The new political

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Change UK have been left red-faced after a Brexit supporter took over their old Twitter handle and renamed the account ‘Cringe UK’.

The new political party was set up by seven splinter Labour MPs in February under the name ‘The Independent Group’.

A month later, they registered as a political party for the European elections – changing their title to ‘Change UK – The Independent Group’. 

The latest rebrand has seen the group change from @TheIndGroup to @ForChange_Now – presumably to avoid being confused with change.org again. 

Change UK tweeted earlier today: ‘Our website’s updated to VoteForChange.UK & Twitter to @ForChange_Now!

Change UK have been left red-faced after a Brexit supporter took over their old Twitter handle and renamed the account 'Cringe UK'

Change UK have been left red-faced after a Brexit supporter took over their old Twitter handle and renamed the account 'Cringe UK'

Change UK have been left red-faced after a Brexit supporter took over their old Twitter handle and renamed the account ‘Cringe UK’

‘Sadly our former handle has been hijacked by someone making mischief. Our message is clear – politics is broken, we need to change it. We are arguing for a #PeoplesVote & for #Remain in these elections.’ 

Former Tory MP Anna Soubry, who joined the group just days after its inauguration, accidentally referred to her new party as ‘change dot org’ in the House of Commons shortly after the original announcement.

At the time, the petition website said it was ‘seeking guidance’ over the ‘proposed use of our brand name’.

The new owner of the previous handle has changed the account’s banner to a sideways version of the real logo alongside the caption: ‘Cringe UK, the terrible group’. 

The profile photo features a snap of the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and the pinned tweet is a picture taken from a government leaflet about Brexit which reads: ‘This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide.’

The account has also retweeted several anti-Change UK comments as well as pro-Brexit statements since the takeover earlier today. 

The new owner of the previous handle has changed the account's banner to a sideways version of the real logo alongside the caption: 'Cringe UK, the terrible group'. The pinned tweet is a picture taken from a government leaflet about Brexit which reads: 'This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide'

The new owner of the previous handle has changed the account's banner to a sideways version of the real logo alongside the caption: 'Cringe UK, the terrible group'. The pinned tweet is a picture taken from a government leaflet about Brexit which reads: 'This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide'

The new owner of the previous handle has changed the account’s banner to a sideways version of the real logo alongside the caption: ‘Cringe UK, the terrible group’. The pinned tweet is a picture taken from a government leaflet about Brexit which reads: ‘This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide’

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