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Shamima Begum says she has renounced ISIS and will join The Independent Group

Independent Group with Shamima Begum

Shamima Begum, the schoolgirl who fled London to join the Islamic State, was stripped of her British citizenship this week by Conservative leadership hopeful Sajid Javid.

Now stateless, it was expected that Ms Begum would apply for Bangladeshi citizenship before returning to the UK on a student visa, but in a surprise move, she has become the latest defector to join the new Independent Group.

The IS “poster girl”, currently a resident of a Syrian refugee camp told reporters of her new allegiance at her daily press briefing.

“I didn’t fancy Bangladeshi citizenship, innit, so I have renounced the Islamic State and have joined The Independent Group.

“It is with a heavy heart that I do this, I joined Daesh at 15, it has been my life, but ISIS has been taken over by an extremist minority who want to bring the Caliphate into the EU, and I can no longer sit by and watch that happen.”

Ms Begum’s defection from IS gives The Independent Group twelve seats in Parliament, moving them ahead of the Lib Dems in terms of votes and level pegging with the DUP for religious zealots.

The Independent Group’s website briefly displayed this statement before falling over.

“We welcome Ms Begum, as we welcome people from all failed political ideologies and hope that together we can overcome the extremist tendencies that a have infected both of the traditional political parties.”

Jeremy Corbyn was quick to respond calling for a by-election in the refugee camp and dispatching Derek Hatton to stand as Labour candidate for Baghuz.


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