Ninth MP quits UK's 'broken' Labour Party

Another UK Labour MP, Ian Austin, has quit the party, the ninth to do so this week.

Ian Austin quits UK Labour Party

'This has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take', UK Labour MP Ian Austin said. (AAP)

British MP Ian Austin has resigned from the opposition Labour Party, becoming the ninth person to do so this week, saying it was "broken" and had been taken over by the "hard left".

Austin said he did not currently have any plans to join the Independent Group in parliament, set up by seven of his former Labour colleagues earlier this week and joined by an eighth as well as three former members of the governing Conservatives.

"The Labour Party has been my life, so this has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take, but I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour Party under (leader) Jeremy Corbyn," Austin told the Express and Star newspaper, citing the issue anti-Semitism in particular.

Published 22 February 2019 at 8:26pm
Source: AAP