A group of seven MPs resigned from the UK’s Labour party on Monday morning amid recent criticism of handlings of Brexit and anti-Semitic sentiments within the party.
The group of MPs who have left include Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.
MP Luciana Berger said she could not remain in a party, which was “institutionally anti-semitic,” adding she was leaving behind a culture of “bullying” and “bigotry”.
“The Labour party that we joined that we campaigned for and believed in is no longer today’s Labour Party. We did everything we could to save it, but it has now been hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left,” former Labour MP Chris Leslie told a news conference.
“Evidence of Labour’s betrayal on Europe is now visible for all to see. Offering to actually enable this government’s Brexit, constantly holding back from allowing the public a final say.”
Leslie also a former Labour MP said it would be irresponsible to allow opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister.