Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has quit the Party’s whip in the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Mr Field, a widely respected back-bencher, and former welfare minister in Tony Blair’s 1997 government, is expected to fight for his Birkenhead seat at the next general election as an Independent Labour candidate.
He was recently deselected by his own constituency party following a parliamentary vote where he supported upholding the 2016 Brexit referendum result.
Field’s supporters say that his constituency activists are now controlled by Momentum, a sizeable far-left grassroots organisation that generally supports Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
In a letter to the Party’s chief whip, Mr Field said that the Labour Party leadership was becoming a “force for anti-semitism in British politics.” The MP added: “The leadership is doing nothing substantive to address this erosion of our core values.”
Richard Bingley, Chairman of the UK New Security Alliance think-tank told The English Channel: “When we lift the bonnet, the UK Labour Party now has a significant problem with widespread anti-semitism. It is obviously welcome news that a senior MP has finally taken such a clear public stance, but others need to step up and find the courage to stand up against widespread racism and intolerance.”