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Luciana Berger quits the Labour party over 'institutional anti-semitism'

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The MP for Liverpool Wavertree has quit the Labour party over what she calls "a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation".

Luciana Berger led seven MPs who all resigned from the party this morning, criticising Jeremy Corbyn's approach to leaving the EU and the leadership's handing of allegations of anti-semitism.

It's the most significant split to hit the party since the breakaway of the Social Democratic Party in the early 1980s.

Seven Labour MPs have resigned from the party. Credit: PA

The MP for Stockport, Ann Coffey, is also among the seven MPs to quit Labour, saying " I joined the Labour Party 41 years ago... I thought I would be in the Labour party for the rest of my life, but political parties are not an end in themselves."

The schism was prompted by tension within Labour over Mr Corbyn's approach to leaving the EU and the party's handling of allegations of anti-semitism. Credit: PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said "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."

The Conservative Government is bungling Brexit, while Labour has set out a unifying and credible alternative plan. When millions are facing the misery of Universal Credit, rising crime, homelessness and poverty, now more than ever is the time to bring people together to build a better future for us all.

– Jeremy Corbyn

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