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Two London MPs join rebellion to aim wrecking ball at Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party

Two London MPs joined a rebellion today to aim a wrecking ball at Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna Credit: .

Streatham’s Chuka Umunna and Ilford South’s Mike Gapes were among seven Labour MP who resigned from the party.

The breakaway faction will sit in Parliament as founding members of The Independent Group.

They immediately invited other MPs to join them.

Labour MP Mike Gapes

The rebels claimed anti-semitism was rife and tolerated in Labour, the party had been hijacked by the hard left and traditional voters were being patronised by left wing intellectuals.

Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second EU referendum, was tipped as a future Labour leader but pulled out of the contest to replace Ed Miliband in 2015.

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Fundamental change is needed. ‘We’ve taken the first step in leaving the old tribal politics behind and we invite others to. If you’re sick and tired of politics as usual, guess what? So are we. The bottom line is this. Politics is broken. It doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s change it.

– CHUKA UMUNNA MP, INDEPENDENT GROUP, STREATHAM

I’ve always considered myself Labour to the core. I am sickened that the Labour party is now a racist and anti Semitic party. A Corbyn Labour government would threaten our national security.

– MIKE GAPES MP, INDEPENDENT GROUP, ILFORD SOUTH