Frank Field told to withdraw resignation or face Labour explusion

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking to the media outside The Old Pinehurst Library in Swindon about anti-Semitism

The MP for Birkenhead told the Guardian he would not withdraw his resignation letter and plans to fight any attempt to remove him from his party of 60 years.

He repeated that he would remain a member of Labour but added: "I can not, through continuing to take the Labour whip, lend any legitimacy to the most appalling culture which is now dominating national and local Labour Party institutions".

"I've made very clear that I'm not about to leave the Labour Party because of these people, but I'm afraid Frank Field isn't the first Labour MP to quit and at this rate he won't be the last".

"This is a serious loss to the party and I deeply regret Frank's decision", Watson said.

He said: "I have been through all this before when I have been deselected and I am still the Labour party candidate". I said I would dispute that and appeal that. Mr Field - a Eurosceptic who has backed the Government in several Brexit votes - lost a confidence motion in his constituency party a month ago.

'The leadership is doing nothing substantive to address this erosion of our core values. It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party.

"Reports of bullying, intimidation and nastiness are rife on social media taken along with the drift in the Labour Party to the extreme left and its association with racist and anti-Semitic views this Corbynite Labour party must cut most moderate Labour members to the bone - Mr Field is right to call them out on this".

However, Field said in his letter to Brown said he would seek to regain the party whip if and when the leadership tackled the problems in the party. That Ms Reecejones should not be a member of the Party, let alone represent us in public positions, has been underscored by decisions taken by Wirral Council.

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Since unexpectedly becoming Labour leader in 2015 after decades spent on the left-wing fringes of the party, Corbyn has repeatedly faced accusations of turning a blind eye to antisemitic comments in the party and among groups he supports.

"Following Jeremy's election as leader and the growth of party membership, which would in normal circumstances be welcome, we have become a party that displays intolerance, nastiness, and intimidation at all too many levels".

The Labour MP said there was now a "thuggish" and "bullying" element within the party which Corbyn had failed to tackle, both in relation to allegations of anti-semitism and on other issues, and now will sit as an independent MP.

Mr Corbyn's supporters said he had quit because he was facing de-selection by local party members in Birkenhead.

"I wish to be the Labour party candidate at the next election and, if I am not, I shall stand as an independent Labour candidate".

Under the Parliamentary Labour Party standing orders, which governs MPs, anyone who takes such action will usually get a letter asking them to retake the party whip within 14 days or face expulsion.

Mr Field said that he meant to continue in Westminster as an Independent.He added: "I also intend, providence willing, to represent those views when the next election is called".

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