British MPs quit Labour over anti-Semitism, Brexit
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 19, 2019,
Feb 19, 2019, 15:26
Umunna, Labour's former chief business spokesman who was once talked about as a future party leader, said mainstream political parties have "become the problem" and urged politicians from across the political spectrum to join the new group.
Chuka Umunna believes "it is time we dumped this country's old-fashioned politics" to create a new political party free from tribal politics that is "fit for the here and now".
Simmering tensions within Labour ranks over Mr Corbyn's approach to leaving the European Union and the party leadership's handling of anti-Semitism allegations have prompted the schism.
Berger, Labour's most high-profile Jewish member, called the party "institutionally anti-Semitic" and accused it of "a culture of bullying, bigotry and, intimidation", saying she is now "embarrassed and ashamed" to be a member.
Berger said: "In all conscience, we can no longer knock on doors and support a government led by Jeremy Corbyn or the team around him".
Gapes, meanwhile, said he was "sickened" by alleged anti-Semitism within the party and "furious" that the Labour leadership was facilitating the U.K.'s departure from the EU. We have all been Labour MPs for years.
Seven Labour MPs, including Penistone and Stocksbridge's Angela Smith, have quit the party in a major blow for leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Whether people agree or disagree with the Labour leader, the fact is that he has failed to present himself as a viable alternative to the prime minister at a time when the government is in complete disarray over Brexit.
The departing parliamentarians call themselves the "The Independent Group". He claims this was clearly shown in data released by Labour's general secretary last week, and suggested Corbyn's pro-Palestinian stance was the overriding issue for many of these MPs.
But the new group may struggle to win seats without a party machine and deep-pocketed donors.
Chuka Umunna was asked to justify why he won't have a by-election after quitting the Labour Party despite campaigning for a second Brexit referendum.
It was with great sadness that I heard yesterday that seven of my Labour MP colleagues had resigned from the party. Their concerns are warranted given that party leader Jeremy Corbyn promises to nationalize large chunks of the economy and said just five years ago that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should "close down".
Labour's national executive committee (NEC) youth rep Lara McNeill commented that it was "outrageous" for party staff to have posted the tweet, as the account is managed by paid full-time officers.
The Jewish MP has previously spoken out against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
As former Labour MP Luciana Berger made her statement, the commentator was caught on a hot mic saying "I'm not gonna lie, but with this and Brexit we're actually fucked".
With just six weeks until Britain is due to leave the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to win ratification of British lawmakers for her Brexit deal.
"Don't walk away because the only people that will benefit will be our political opponents and the people that will suffer will be the people that we came into politics to try to change their lives for the better". "You don't join a political party to spend years and years fighting the people within it, you get involved in politics, you join a party, to change the world".