Calling Corbyn a ‘Force for Antisemitism,’ Veteran British MP Quits Labour Whip
British Labour MP Frank Field quit the party’s whip on Thursday over the ongoing antisemitism crisis surrounding its far-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
In his resignation letter, the 76-year-old representative of Birkenhead called Corbyn “a force for antisemitism in British politics.”
“It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party,” Field said.
A Labour spokesperson said, “Jeremy Corbyn thanks Frank Field for his service to the Labour Party.”
Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, stated: “It is very sad that after almost 40 years as a Labour MP, Frank Field felt morally compelled to resign the Labour whip because the party that was fiercely anti-racist when he joined it has now become infested with antisemitism. It is inevitable that if a political party is led by an antisemite who lets Jew-hatred run rampant, people of conscience will leave. The indications are that others may now follow where Frank Field has led.”
Field’s move came just days after former UK Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks branded Corbyn an “antisemite.”
Watch Field speak about his decision in a Sky News interview:
‘The Jewish community in this country is desperately worried’ – Frank Field has spoken to Sky News after he resigned the Labour whip, accusing the party leadership of becoming “a force for anti-Semitism in British politics”.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 30, 2018