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