Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has quit the party’s group in Parliament, saying the leadership has become “a force for anti-Semitism in British politics”.
The Birkenhead MP also blamed a “culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation” in local parties.
A month ago he lost a confidence vote in his constituency party, after siding with the government in Brexit votes.
Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for hurt caused by anti-Semitism in the party and pledged to stamp it out.
Birkenhead MP Frank Field resigns Labour whip in protest at party’s ‘toleration of anti-Semitism’
In a letter ‘reluctantly’ written to Chief Whip Nick Brown today, the veteran politician – who has been the town’s Member of Parliament since 1979 – said he will continue to serve his constituency as an independent Labour MP.
In the letter, he cited what he called ‘the party’s toleration of anti-semitism’ and ‘culture of nastiness, bullying and intimidation locally’ as reasons for his decision.
Frank Field quits Labour whip in row over antisemitism
The veteran Labour MP Frank Field has resigned the Labour whip, accusing the party of becoming “a force for antisemitism” under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
Mr Field will sit as an independent for Birkenhead, where he has been the MP for almost 40 years. He said that he had been forced into action by the antisemitism crisis which has engulfed Labour as well as a “culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation” in local parties.
Mr Field, 76, has not resigned his membership of the Labour Party. He had been at risk of deselection, with some members of his local party angered by his pro-Brexit stance.