Another Labour MP has resigned from the party. Will the last one out turn off the lights?
Dudley MP Ian Austin made the announcement this morning, telling his local paper the Express and Star: “The Labour Party has been my life, so this has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take, but I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn.”
BREAKING: Dudley North MP @IanAustinMP today confirmed he is quitting The Labour Party.
He has become the ninth MP to leave Jeremy Corbyn’s party this week. Read more exclusively in the @ExpressandStar and online https://t.co/0FBpjaCiAf pic.twitter.com/R7H2Ey0rG8
— Express & Star (@ExpressandStar) February 22, 2019
The MP isn’t pulling any punches: “I always tell them the truth and I could never ask local people to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister.” A truly damning indictment.
When it comes to anti-Jewish sentiment within Labour, Austin said: “I am appalled at the offence and distress Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have caused to Jewish people.
“It is terrible that a culture of extremism, anti-Semitism and intolerance is driving out good MPs and decent people who have committed their life to mainstream politics.
“The hard truth is that the party is tougher on the people complaining about anti-Semitism than it is on the anti-Semites.”
Austin, who won’t be joining the anti-Brexit ‘Independent Group’ of MPs, said of the Labour Party’s direction: “I think Jeremy Corbyn has completely changed what was a mainstream party into a completely different party with very different values.
“The hard left is now in charge of the party, they’re going to get rid of lots of decent mainstream MPs and I just can’t see how it can return to the mainstream party that won elections and changed the country for the better.”