Barrow MP John Woodcock quits the Labour Party

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The MP for Barrow-in-Furness John Woodcock has resigned from the Labour Party.

He will continue to stand as an independent.

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Mr Woodcock has 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".

A Labour spokesperson said:

“Jeremy thanks John for his service to the Labour Party.”