Jeremy Corbyn tells exiled MPs they were elected on a Labour manifesto

Marco Green
February 20, 2019

Members of the new group have indicated they will resist demands from Labour bigwigs, including John McDonnell, to step down and seek a fresh mandate from voters in a by-election.

Ryan, a lawmaker elected from Enfield North, wrote in a tweet late on Tuesday that she was resigning over concerns about anti-Semitism allegations within the party.

The Enfield North MP said she was "horrified, appalled and angered" by Labour's failure to tackle anti-Semitism, saying its leadership allowed "Jews to be abused with impunity".

"I learned from my mum and dad the dignity of work and the evil of racism and prejudice", she said, adding she joined the Labour Party to "stand up to racism in all its forms".

Jeremy Corbyn gained 34 seats following the snap election almost two years ago, enjoying the biggest increase in vote share by any political party since 1945.

With a poll taken on the day after the Independent Group's launch putting the breakaway MPs on 10% support to Labour's 26% nationally, Mr Corbyn's party would be hopeful of seizing back most if not all of the seats in by-election contests.

Speaking to the Press Association at an enterprise project on Monday, before MPs confirmed the split, Mr Khan blamed the Conservative Party for "the chaotic Brexit process", but admitted Labour has been "shockingly poor" at dealing with antisemitism.

Deputy leader Tom Watson has called for a shadow cabinet reshuffle to better reflect the breadth of opinion in the party and ensure that "all the members of our broad church feel welcome in our congregation".

An eighth Labour MP has announced she is quitting the party and will join the Independent Group in the House of Commons.

It comes after a stormy Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) meeting on Monday in which high-profile Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy told colleagues Berger had faced "constructive dismissal" as a Labour MP in the wake of the anti-Semitism row in Labour.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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