Joan Ryan becomes eighth MP to quit Labour to join Independent Group

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Joan Ryan has resigned from Labour Pic: UK Parliament
Joan Ryan has resigned from Labour Pic: UK Parliament

Again No mention of a By-election

An eighth Labour MP has quit the party to join an independent grouping in parliament.

Enfield North MP Joan Ryan has resigned from Labour, claiming the party has “become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism” under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Ms Ryan described a “terribly difficult decision” to quit Labour after four decades, but vowed to continue to represent and “speak up” for her constituents as a member of the new “Independent Group” of MPs.

She will join Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Luciana Berger and Ann Coffey in the new grouping, after the seven resigned from Labour themselves on Monday.

In a statement explaining her reasons for leaving Labour, Ms Ryan, who is chair of Labour Friends of Israel, said: “The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism.

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