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Woodcock: The idea of Corbyn being PM is a real threat to national security

The MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock has told ITV Border he thinks a new political party is needed to break up the stranglehold Labour and the Conservatives have on the current system.

In his first broadcast interview since quitting Labour, he says the party under Jeremy Corbyn isn't the party he joined.

Mr Woodcock was being investigated over claims he sent inappropriate texts and messages to a member of his staff.

But he says the disciplinary procedure was a smokescreen being used by senior Labour figures to force him out.

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Cumbrian MP John Woodcock quits the Labour Party

Credit: Chris McAndrew/ PA

Cumbrian MP, John Woodcock, has resigned from the Labour Party.

In his resignation letter, the Barrow and Furness MP said Mr Corbyn would pose a "clear risk to UK national security as prime minister".

And he said that, under Mr Corbyn, Labour was no longer "the broad church it has historically been" and there was little chance of returning it to an "inclusive, mainstream electoral force".

He will continue to stand as an independent, having represented the Cumbrian seat since 2010.

He was suspended in April over claims he sent inappropriate messages to a former female member of staff.

He has denied the claim, which is being investigated by Labour, saying the allegation was "politically motivated".

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