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Desertions reduce Labour Party seats from 256 to 249

By Jay Jackson, Taiwan's News
18 Feb 2019, 23:39 GMT+10

LONDON, UK - Seven Labour Party MPs have resigned from the party to form their own group with shared policies, politics, and visions.

The seven lawmakers staged a press conference in Central London on Monday to announce their decision. Each indicated they were disgruntled with the Labour Party over various issues. How the group became organised to the point where they would all resign in unison was not disclosed.

The seven MPs are Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

"It is time we dumped this country's old-fashioned politics and created an alternative that does justice to who we are today and gives this country a politics fit for the here and now, the 21st Century," Umunna said at the conference.

Berger said, "I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation. I look forward to a future serving with colleagues who respect each other."

Gapes had this to say: "I am sickened that Labour is now perceived by many as a racist, anti-Semitic party."

Shuker said: The Labour Party has turned its back on the British public, their hopes and ambitions.

Others said they were not happy with the Labour Party's approach to Brexit.

Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was disappointed with the breakaways.

"I am disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for the Labour policies that inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945," he said Monday.

"Labour won people over on a programme for the many not the few, redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, investing in every region and nation, and tackling climate change."

"The Conservative government is bungling Brexit, while Labour has set out a unifying and credible plan," Corbyn said,

The loss of seven seats means the Labour Party's dominance will reduce from 256 to 249.

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