Eighth MP quits UK Labour Party, joins Independent Group

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In a message to her constituents, Dr Wollaston said: "This is not a decision I have taken lightly but I no longer feel that the Conservatives are the same Party thatI joined a decade ago. It has completely infected the party".

We believe there is a failure of politics in general, not just in the Conservative Party but in both main parties as they move to the fringes, leaving millions of people with no representation.

Labour has also been plagued by claims of anti-Semitism ever since Corbyn, a lifelong eurosceptic and supporter of anti-Israel groups, became its leader in 2015.

While the original group of MPs who left Labour to form the Independent Group on Monday did so citing a number of reasons including Labour's position on Brexit, Ryan was clearly focussed on one key issue in her four-page resignation letter - anti-Semitism within the party.

On Tuesday night, Jon Trickett, the shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, announced that Labour would consult on changing the law to allow constituents to remove an MP who resigns from their party. That's why trust in politics and in elites is rightly falling.

"Communities should not have to wait for up to five years to act if they feel their MP is not properly representing their interests", Trickett said.

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Watson was in effect setting himself up as shop steward of a parliamentary Labour Party that feels nearly totally detached from the Labour leader and the shadow cabinet.

"They were elected to carry out those policies, they made a decision to go somewhere else and I regret that because I want our party to be strong, I want our party to be united around the policies that we have put forward".

"We intend to sit as independents alongside the Independent Group of MPs in the centre ground of British politics". Conservatives were leading on 32% to Labour's 26%.

The breakaway lawmakers hope to gain members from among disgruntled pro-Europeans in both the Labour and Conservative parties.

However, translating that level of support into actual votes at the ballot box would require the Group to stand candidates across the country, despite now having no national structures.

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