Seven anti-Corbyn MPs quit the Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

Seven anti-Corbyn MPs quit the Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

During a televised press conference - where seven members of the United Kingdom political party Labour resigned in protest over the leadership of party Leader Jeremy Corbyn - a BBC microphone picked up a voice saying, among other things, "we're actually fucked".

Earlier this month Berger faced a no confidence vote, later canceled, by local party members who said she was "continuously criticizing" leader Jeremy Corbyn amid the ongoing row over anti-Semitism in the party.

They accuse him of mounting a weak opposition to the Conservative government's plans for leaving the European Union, and of failing to stamp out a vein of anti-Jewish prejudice in the party. This has been a very hard, painful, but necessary decision.

It went live as MPs Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey and Chuka Umunna all quit the party.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "disappointed" the MPs had left the party.

In 1981, four members of the Labour Party, known as the "gang of four", resigned and formed the Social Democrat Party (SDP). "The core values of equality for all, opportunity for all, anti-racism against all and social justice - the values which I hold really dear and which led me to join the Labour Party as a student nearly 20 years ago - remain who I am", she said.

Speaking to the media, the lawmakers detailed their personal reasons for leaving the party, which included issues with Labour's handling of Brexit, anti-Semitism and the political beliefs of the leadership.

Many Labour MPs will emit a hollow laugh at Corbyn's reaction today (he repeated he won the largest increase in the party's vote since 1945), stressing he failed the basic leadership task of winning that Blair and Wilson so clearly carried out.

A Scottish Labour MP has claimed the party remains the "best vehicle for change" despite seven of his parliamentary colleagues resigning in protest today. But the party leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is quietly happy to leave, as long as it doesn't take the blame for the economic consequences.

The MPs are all arch-critics of Mr Corbyn and have been vocal in their fury over his refusal to back a second Brexit referendum.

"I am sickened that Labour is now a racist, antisemitic party and furious that Jeremy Corbyn is enabling Brexit", MP Mike Gapes said, adding that Mr. Corbyn is on the wrong side of "so many global issues" such as Syria, Russia, and Venezuela.

"I'm the Labour Member for." she began, before quickly correcting her political Freudian slip and confirming the worst kept secret in Westminster.

Angela Smith, for example, now admits that during the 2017 election she was telling voters in her constituency that her leader could not, and would not be prime minister, despite campaigning for the party he was at the top of.

In a statement posted on her website, she said the Labour Party of 2019 "is characterised by lazy, populist thinking which promises nothing but a tortured, divided future for our country".

Mr Gapes, a former chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, told the press conference: "I am sickened that the Labour Party is now a racist, antisemitic party".

During the press conference held by the new "Independent Group" of anti-Corbyn MPs, the official Young Labour account tweeted: "Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, we'll keep the red flag flying here".

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