The MP for Wirral South has said that she is 'saddened' following the resignation of seven Labour MPs from the party.

Alison McGovern said that she 'fundamentally disagrees' with the move, but does say that she understands what led the MPs to resign.

The 'Labour split' that saw the formation of a new Independent Group was led by Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger and Stockport MP Ann Coffey.

The MP, who is also the Chair of Progress a group of centre-left Labour members, said:

I am saddened to see any colleague say they're leaving the Labour Party, and I appreciate that this was not an easy decision. As a party we should reflect on why they have taken this action and ensure that the debate that follows is respectful.

Alison McGovern MP