South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen quits Tories to join Independent Group

During those years, the Labour Party and the Liberal Party were vying to become the main opponent to the Conservatives.

Asked by a caller why he stuck with Mr Corbyn, Mr Watson said: "I'm sticking with him because, as a Labour Party member for over 35 years, we are a broad movement with half a million members who democratically elected him twice".

The tweet, now deleted, stated: "Jewish people with any sense of humanity need to start speaking out publicly against the ruthless murdering being carried out by Israel", Sky News reported.

And while the Labour defections to The Independent Group were as much about anti-Semitism and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's management style as they were about Brexit, the now ex-Tories are explicitly citing the Brexit chaos as their reason for jumping ship.

Ms Allen described the Tory trio as the "three amigos" who had joined the "magnificent seven" ex-Labour MPs who launched The Independent Group (TIG) on Monday.

Two people claiming to be constituents slammed her decision to quit the Tories over Brexit, branding her "two-faced" and "rude".

"We have a very divided Conservative Party, an extremely divided Labour Party and a new pole of attraction that did not exist until Monday", said Steven Fielding, professor of political history at the University of Nottingham, referring to the day when the initial seven Labour lawmakers quit their party.

She said there were a "number of ways" that are being discussed to make the changes to the Brexit deal, with talks due to continue ahead of another vote in Parliament later this month. Pollsters now report that it is more likely for voters to self-identify as "leavers" or "remainers" than to don traditional party labels. "They are the Conservative Party".

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The quitters are only a fraction of Labour's 256 lawmakers, but it is the biggest split in the party since four senior members quit in 1981 to form the Social Democratic Party.

Members of the Independent Group want to hold a new referendum on Brexit that could keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc.

Following the European Union referendum of 2016, no genuine effort was made to build a cross party, let alone a national consensus to deliver Brexit... They express horror at the way antisemitism has eaten into the party like gangrene and demand surgical intervention.

Anna Soubry has launched a furious personal attack on Theresa May, accusing her of being "delusional" and of 'having a problem with immigration'.

The move is a blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around her Brexit plans.

A lifelong critic of the European Union, Corbyn has resisted pressure to support a second referendum on Brexit, to the fury of many of his lawmakers and activists.

"I think the things we did to the economy were absolutely necessary at the time, I don't have a problem with that", she added.

"He seemed broadly disinterested in Nottingham and that definitely has generated a view that well if he wants to go, that's up to him and I'm sure the Labour party will be able to find somebody far more enthusiastic and energetic about representing local people and local people's concerns".

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