Frank Field: Labour MP says anti-Semitism is ‘more than tolerated’ in party
Frank Field has told constituents he quit the Labour whip because of the party’s “appalling culture”.
The veteran MP, who has represented Birkenhead for nearly 40 years, said under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership it was now “a party where anti-Semitism is more than tolerated”.
He wrote in the Liverpool Echo it was with “considerable sadness” he left the party’s group in Parliament.
A Labour Party spokesman thanked Mr Field for his service to Labour.
Mr Field had been among the MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn for leader in 2015, but said he did so to ensure a “broad debate” on the leadership, and never expected him to win.
“My wish to see a more inclusive debate in the Labour Party could not have been more wide of the mark,” he wrote.