Frank Field resigns Labour whip over antisemitism crisis

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MP decries ‘culture of nastiness’ in party and says he will sit as an independent

Frank Field, the veteran MP for Birkenhead, has resigned the Labour whip in protest against the party’s handling of antisemitism and what he called a “culture of nastiness” among the membership.

In a blistering letter to Labour’s chief whip, Nick Brown, tendering his resignation, Field said antisemitism alone was reason enough for his decision. “It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party,” he wrote.

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