Responding to the decision of a small group of MPs to resign the Labour whip, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, 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 and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945.
“Labour won people over on a programme for the many not the few – redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, investing in every region and nation, and tackling climate change.
“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.”
Corbyn has since called for all the splitter MPs to submit themselves to by elections – as they stood on a labour platform in the snap election of 2017.
The Streatham Constituency Labour Party, who for a long time have been dissatisfied with their MP, say they are writing to Chuka Umunna asking him to call a by-election.
If al the splitter MPs do the honourable thing, this would lead to elections in the following areas:
- Liverpool Wavertree
- Nottingham East
- Penistone and Stocksbridge
- Ilford South
- Luton South