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In 2011, Umunna joined the Shadow Cabinet under Ed Miliband's Labour leadership. In Parliament, he sat on the Treasury Select Committee. He was re-elected in the 2015 and 2017 general elections. After Miliband's resignation, Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2015; Umunna was critical of the party leadership and resigned from the Shadow Cabinet to sit as a backbencher. Umunna resigned from the Labour Party and joined The Independent Group on 18 February 2019. He was announced as TIG group spokesperson, later styled as Change UK, but left Change UK to sit as an independent MP in June 2019 following "disappointing" results in the 2019 European Elections, in which the party had "failed to get a single MEP elected". One week later, Umunna joined the Liberal Democrats and was appointed the Liberal Democrats' Treasury and Business Spokesman by Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Vince Cable. Umunna said that he had "massively underestimated just how difficult" it was to set up a new party, and that under Britain's first past the post voting system, "there isn't room for more than one centre ground" political party.