Labour MP Condemns Party Where 'Anti-Semitism Is More than Tolerated'

Jeremy Corbyn the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party delivers a speech in Carlisle Britain

Jeremy Corbyn the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party delivers a speech in Carlisle Britain

Commenting on Mr Field's decision to resign the Labour Party whip Oxton Liberal Democrat councillor Stuart Kelly told the Globe: "Frank Field's reasons for leaving the Labour Party are self-evident".

Field said he was no longer able to tolerate his party's leadership which he called "a force for anti-Semitism in British politics".

Mr Field has faced criticism from within the party over his stance on Brexit after he backed the Government in a vote to prevent joining a post-EU customs union.

Labour sources have said Field's wish to serve as an Independent MP while remaining a member of the party is "not possible".

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

'The leadership is doing nothing substantive to address this erosion of our core values.

Field, 79, has been MP for Birkenhead since 1979.

"It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party", Field said.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "I understand that his constituency party membership has been giving him an incredibly hard time, which is unforgivable and reminds me vividly of the Eighties, when I was involved as a member of the national executive committee in dealing with these people, particularly from Merseyside".

The Brexit supporter also condemned the "sheer thuggery" and "blatant bullying" in his Birkenhead Constituency Labour Party, where he alleges that his reporting of racism, bullying, ageism, and sexism have not been investigated.

He repeated that he would remain a member of Labour but added: "I can not, through continuing to take the Labour whip, lend any legitimacy to the most appalling culture which is now dominating national and local Labour Party institutions". The meeting was called following Field's shock resignation from the party whip on Thursday.

He said he knew of several peers - whom he declined to name - who are Labour party members but who do not take the whip in the upper chamber.

"If other Labour MPs don't follow Frank Field's example, they are continuing to endorse Jeremy Corbyn's abject failure to act".

Labour MP Wes Streeting (Ilford North) raised concern Mr Field "won't be the last" to resign.

Few events would give me greater pleasure than to apply to the Parliamentary Labour Party for the whip.

He said: "I have been through all this before when I have been deselected and I am still the Labour Party candidate". That Ms Reecejones should not be a member of the Party, let alone represent us in public positions, has been underscored by decisions taken by Wirral Council. "We can not afford to lose people of such weight and stature", he said.

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

"It would be an absolute tragedy if the Labour Party were to split, but we should be in no doubt that this is the biggest crisis facing the party since 1981". Both resigned from the party following sexual harassment claims made against them.

"If he stood as an independent I wager he would not get in, and one of the things he ought to be considering now is precipitating a by-election".

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