The long anticipated split in the Labour Party has happened.
Announcing her decision to quit, Luciana Berger MP told the gathered media that the Party was “institutionally anti-semitic.” Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East and another rebel, said that this was a “very difficult decision” but that the Party has changed from the one he joined and had been hijacked by the “machine politics of the hard-left”.
In all conscience we cannot knock on doors and campaign for Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister
Mr Corbyn is, Leslie said, a “danger to national security”. Leslie went onto cite Labours “betrayal” over Brexit over its refusal to campaign for a Peoples Vote.
Angela Smith MP said she was “born to a Labour family”. What working class people want, she said, was a “fair crack of the whip”, not to be “patronised by left-wing intellectuals” who think poverty is a “state of grace”.
The split follows warnings from senior Labour figures that a split will keep Labour out of power for up to a decade.