Eighth Labour MP quits to join Independents in protest at Corbyn’s leadership

When they resigned on Tuesday and yesterday, the eight Labour defectors complained about Corbyn's handling of Brexit and his inability to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party.

In an indication that Labour expects to hold on to much of its support in any by-election, party sources said one of the key reasons for allowing recall when an MP crosses the floor is because people cast their vote primarily for the party and its platform rather than the candidate.

The tweet, now deleted, stated: "Jewish people with any sense of humanity need to start speaking out publicly against the ruthless murdering being carried out by Israel", Sky News reported.

Many Labour lawmakers "have been unhappy with the party's direction under leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran socialist who took charge in 2015 with strong grass-roots backing", the Bee added.

Ms Allen described the Tory trio as the "three amigos" who had joined the "magnificent seven" ex-Labour MPs who launched The Independent Group (TIG) on Monday.

She fired a furious broadside at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of repeatedly failing to deal with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

May said she was carrying through with the decision of the British people, leading them toward "a brighter future".

The breakaway lawmakers hope to gain members from among disgruntled pro-Europeans in both the Labour and Conservative parties, with a view to forging a new force in the centre of British politics.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Ms Phillips said what happened next would depend on whether the party chose "kindness and healthy self-criticism or instead choose to go to war". Pollsters now report that it is more likely for voters to self-identify as "leavers" or "remainers" than to don traditional party labels.

"They were elected to carry out those policies, they chose to go somewhere else and I regret that because I want our party to be strong, I want our party to be united around the policies that we have put forward". It is the first split of its kind since the SDP broke away from Labour in 1981.

Brexit has also divided the country's Conservative Party into pro-Brexit and pro-EU wings.

Chris Leslie, who left Labour on Monday along with six other MPs, is in favour of turning the group into a new party and has suggested he is against renationalisation of privatised utilities, conflicting with the current Labour leadership.

At a news conference, Allen complained that May and the Conservative Party were being "bullied into submission" by hardline Brexiteers such as former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

The Independent Group's arrival in the Commons attracted widespread attention on social media as they posed for selfies and settled in. I know all the Conservative associations of the county well and can confirm that they remain moderate broad churches where all are welcomed who subscribe to core Conservative values and principles.

Indeed, the United Kingdomis likely to crash out of the European Union with no deal on March 29, largely because May can not get the ERG and the DUP to sign up to her Brexit agreement because of a seemingly insurmountable problem regarding the border between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The three lawmakers all backed Britain remaining in the European Union in the 2016 referendum and have since voted against multiple elements of the government's Brexit legislation.

  • Jon Douglas