Jeremy Corbyn questioned after seven Labour MPs resign

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Published on 19 Feb 2019, 14:08
JEREMY Corbyn was hit by a huge blow as seven centrist MPs quit in protest at his leadership - saying he has made Labour "a racist and anti-Semitic party".

A group led by Chuka Umunna announced they were walking out at an event in Central London.

The other MPs involved are Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey and Gavin Shuker.

They are forming a new grouping in the House of Commons called "The Independent Group" - but fell short of creating a whole new political party.

The rebels are furious at Mr Corbyn's Brexit policy and his failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the party.

Ms Berger, the Jewish MP who has faced a torrent of abuse from far-left activists, said: "I cannot remain in a party that I have today come to the sickening conclusion is institutionally anti-Semitic."

Mr Leslie, the former Shadow Chancellor, added: "We can no longer knock on doors and support a government led by Jeremy Corbyn and the team around him."

He said: "This has not been an easy decision for any of us. We have all been Labour MPs for years. But the Labour party we joined is no longer today's Labour party..."

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