Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

UK Labour Party lawmaker quits, alleging anti-Semitism

UK Labour Party lawmaker quits, alleging anti-Semitism

The veteran MP, who has resigned the Labour whip, was among those who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership in 2015, calling the other candidates "thin post-Blair gruel" and saying the leftwinger would change the terms of the debate.

Corbyn loyalists rounded on Field after the news emerged late on Thursday, stating that, after Field lost a no-confidence vote in his local party, he had jumped before he was pushed.

"I am writing with considerable sadness to inform you of my intention to sit as an Independent Labour member of Parliament".

Labour MP Louise Ellman and Owen Jones, political commentator and labour activist are in the studio to discuss this latest development.

Labour said in a statement there is no place for anti-Semitism in their party and that they are committed to rebuilding trust with the Jewish community.

'It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party.

"I am resigning the whip for two principal reasons", he explained.

"Anyone suggesting Frank Field has taken the decision on a whim doesn't know their backside from their elbow", Labour MP Neil Coyle has told Today. "The chief whip said that I can not remain after two weeks of resigning the Labour whip a member of the Labour party".

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The MP for Birkenhead has represented the constituency since 1979, and fought off attempts from the far-left group Militant Tendency to deselect him in the 1980s, and has a strong, 25,000 majority. This is, I fear, just one example of a phenomenon that has tightened its grip on CLPs across the country and is being driven, in part, by members who in previous years would never have been able to claim Labour Party membership.

Mr Field is due to meet with Labour's chief whip on Friday to discuss his options - he wishes to serve as an independent MP whilst remaining a member of the party, but Labour sources have said this would not be possible. It reflects both the deep divisions in the party and the sense of drift engulfing us.

Mr Field, who has served as the MP for Birkenhead for nearly 40 years, is set to meet with Nick Brown in Westminster on Friday to discuss his options after resigning the whip. It is a major wake up call.

"I wish to be the Labour party candidate at the next election and, if I am not, I shall stand as an independent Labour candidate".

Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, Chilton said: "If Labour were to adopt their [People's Vote] policy we would really be in severe trouble in many of those leave constituency because, quite frankly, the British people don't like being told what to do and they don't like being told they're wrong, if Labour does that it will change the outcome of the ballot box". "We can not afford to lose people of such weight and stature", he said.

"Second, the party must recognise the culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation that it has allowed to grow unchecked and expel local members whose public conduct is simply disgraceful".

"I think he will find he will get very, very few votes".

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