LONDON – Ian Austin has become the ninth Labour MP to quit the party this week in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and handling of allegations of antisemitism.
The Dudley North MP, who joined the party in 1984, said he had become “ashamed of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn” and accused the leadership of being tougher on those who complain about anti-Semitism than it is about the perpetrators of abuse.
“I am appalled at the offence and distress Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have caused to Jewish people,” he told the Express and Star newspaper.
“It is terrible that a culture of extremism, anti-Semitism and intolerance is driving out good MPs and decent people who have committed their life to mainstream politics.”
But he said he had no plans to join the Independent Group of MPs which seven Labour MPs and three Tory MPs joined this week.
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