Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn urges Elizabeth May to "change her ways"

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"It's rather simplistic to say that this is because of anti-semitism and the actions of Momentum in Labour and because of Brexit in the Conservative Party".

Jess Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, urged the Labour leader to take heed of the politicians' reasons for quitting, warning reacting with bitterness could cause the party to "burst apart".

When the eight resigned on Monday and Tuesday, the Labour defectors complained about Corbyn's handling of Brexit and his inability to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party.

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.

The Labour MPs had cited left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn's handling of both Brexit and rising anti-semitism within the party since he came to power in 2015.

The Prime Minister hit back at Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader urged her to "stop playing games" with people's livelihoods and make it clear that the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union without an agreement.

"The other huge problem is that I think Jeremy Corbyn is aiding and abetting a hard Brexit", she said.

"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.

"Let's change it", said Chuka Umunna, one of the lawmakers.

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The Parliament members have claimed that the Labour party is racist, "had betrayed its working-class roots and was a threat to national security".

"I think that Brexit has absolutely fractured British politics and that includes the Conservative Party". It is the first split of its kind since the SDP broke away from Labour in 1981. All of this hangs heavy over the group's future as a new party.

Heidi Allen told ITV's Peston programme "a third" of Conservative MPs were fed up with the party's direction.

The move poses a fresh headache for Mrs May as she faces PMQs in the House of Commons before heading to Brussels for Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker.

I learned two fascinating things about the Labour and Tory refuseniks in The Independent Group from my guests on the Peston show on Wednesday - though quite how much of it made it on to the show I am not sure, because we had a hard stop at the end of a jam-packed episode.

Mrs May said she was "saddened", but her party would "always offer. decent, moderate and patriotic politics".

"Everybody will get there in their own time", said the former Conservative MP Allen, who added she believed "a significant number of colleagues" were ready to follow suit in the weeks and months ahead.

It is with regret that we are writing to resign the Conservative whip and our membership of the Party.

The Labor Party has been divided by the Brexit vote, with many traditional voters, particularly in northern England, having chosen to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, while a majority of Labor MPs had supported staying in.