More expected to join new British centrist party as Labour MP quits

More expected to join new British centrist party as Labour MP quits

She said she believed "a significant number" of Conservative MPs were considering joining them. Given the historic market town status of Totnes, and the historic fishing status of numerous coastal resorts around this area Sarah had led these people to believe she was fully in support of returning fishing to how it was, and British fishing not being restricted by quotas.

As well as Brexit, Ms Allen, a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, made clear she was also opposed to the Government's stance on welfare.

But let's examine the multiple fissures more closely.

Labour said that no application to rejoin the party had been received from George Galloway, after the former Respect MP said he was seeking to have his 2003 expulsion from the party revoked.

"There are lots of people out there with talents they want to offer".

Previous splits of this magnitude have ended in tears for the splinter groups.

And secondly, those who will "stay and fight".

And the sight today of former Labour MP Ann Coffey chatting away, in apparently chummy terms, to former Conservative Sarah Wollaston on the same Parliamentary bench will make it more hard, not less, for the Independents to attract further Labour support. Wollaston said ministers who've talked about resigning in order to vote against a no-deal departure should "stand up for what they know is right for this country and not allow no deal to go ahead".

He told the Press Association: "I can think of half a dozen who I'm sure will contemplate it unless our party changes its direction". "For me this is a moral issue".

"I love this party but sometimes I no longer recognize it", he said in a video statement.

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This process has led inexorably to the infestation of Labour with antisemites and antisemitic sentiment and is what has led Jews in their tens of thousands to stop voting for the party, Jewish revulsion with the party and finally eight decent, moderate MPs to abandon the party altogether as a lost cause.

Sarah Wollaston, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry, Joan Ryan, Angela Smith, Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna and Mike Gapes pose for picture at a news conference in London, Britain February 20, 2019. Momentum's national coordinator Laura Parker called for a series of special elections so voters could decide the future of their members of Parliament. Allen, who was elected in 2015, recently embarked on an "anti-poverty tour" around Britain with the former Labour MP Frank Field.

But there are also divisions within the Left on how to handle this. They must have been just as keen to hear about May's next steps as Corbyn.

She added: "Even though the party chairman is on the traitors list, he's failed to provide the firm political leadership that is demanded".

The party's deputy chairman, Tory MP James Cleverly, told BBC Radio 5 Live that the resignations were "very sad and disappointing", which was echoed by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire. Some MPs could yet feel "forced out".

The recalled MP can stand in the by-election.

The Prime Minister and Chipping Barnet backbencher Theresa Villiers had agreed early on in the session to respond to the main news of the day by condemning Labour's handling of antisemitism.

So the Left may have to be careful what they wish for.

The new Independent Group is now the joint fourth-biggest bloc in the Commons with 11 MPs - the same as the centrist Liberal Democrats, with predictions of further defections to come.

But this is high risk. "We are going to #ChangePolitics for the better".

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