Labour and Conservative resignations

  1. Wollaston faces by-election calls after quitting Tories

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The MP for Totnes is facing calls for a by-election after she left the Conservatives to become an independent.

    Sarah Wollaston

    Sarah Wollaston, now a member of the recently-formed Independent Group of MPs, quit her party over Brexit, but the Labour Party in the constituency said that, in 2011, she supported a bill which said if an MP defected there should automatically be a by-election.

    Lynn Alderson - the chair of the Labour Party in Totnes and South Devon - said Ms Wollaston "made her views clear".

    Quote Message: In 2011 she co-sponsored a bill that would have made it mandatory for anyone who changed party to face a by-election. We think that we should have a by-election. We think there's a whole range of other policies here - it's not just about Brexit. from Lynn Alderson Chair of the Labour Party in Totnes and South Devon
    Lynn AldersonChair of the Labour Party in Totnes and South Devon

    Dr Wollaston said that once the Independent Group was able to form a party with "policies we can put to people, that's the point where MPs should be challenged about whether we put that to the electorate".

  2. Balancing the books, upsetting the balance of power?

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    On the face of it, tonight's about a Labour council balancing its books - making £12m savings and raising an extra £46 a year from the average taxpayer.

    But in Brighton, nothing's ever that simple.

    We've talked plenty about why local councils everywhere are having to make these savings- which in Brighton could include cuts to libraries and sexual health services, among other things.

    But no single party has a majority of councillors - meaning compromise will be needed to get anything passed.

    What you see in the budget plans almost certainly isn't what you'll get by the end of the evening.

    That was always going to be the case - but the atmosphere has been doubly charged by the upcoming elections, and the departure of two councillors from the Labour group last week.

    The Conservatives are now the largest party, and next week, they'll try to take control of the council.

    Privately, some Green and Labour councillors are keen to stop that happening - though aren't yet sure exactly how.

    For tonight, if Labour can give enough ground to the Greens to win their backing, that'd be enough to pass the Budget.

    But if it isn't, then next Tuesday's council meeting could see both more Budget wranglings and a messy tussle over who runs the council. All just weeks before an election.

    Never a dull day.

  3. MP quitting Labour is 'serious blow'

    BBC Politics

    The West Bromwich MP and deputy Labour Party leader Tom Watson says Ian Austin (pictured) quitting the party is a "serious blow".

    Ian Austin

    The Dudley North MP resigned this morning, blaming leader Jeremy Corbyn for "creating a culture of extremism and intolerance".

    Mr Corbyn said he "regretted" the MP's decision while Mr Watson said he was "deeply saddened" by his close friend's decision to leave.

    "I didn't want him to go, not just because he is a friend but because Labour needs people of his experience, calibre and passion if we are to win," he added.

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    Video caption: MP Ian Austin leaving Labour over Corbyn leadership

    Explaining his decision to leave the Labour Party, Dudley North MP Ian Austin claims Jeremy Corbyn is "incapable" of dealing with anti-Semitism.

  5. Defecting MPs support 'painful' decision by Ian Austin

    BBC News

    Ian Austin may have ruled out joining the new Independent Group today after quitting the Labour Party but two of their MPs have tweeted their support of his decision.

    Ian Austin election leaflet in 2010

    The MP for Dudley North blamed Jeremy Corbyn for failing to tackle anti-Semitism, something deputy Labour leader Tom Watson's admitted his party were slow to deal with.

    One of the defectors Luciana Berger, who has described the party as "institutionally anti-Semitic", tweeted that she fully understood why he had come to "this difficult and painful decision".

    Another, Chuka Umunna, tweeted his "massive respect" to Mr Austin, adding: "It's painful and hard but he has stayed true to his values and what he believes to be the national interest."

  6. Quitting MP Ian Austin 'ashamed' of Labour Party

    BBC WM

    The Dudley North MP, Ian Austin, says he's quit the Labour Party today because he's "ashamed" of the party.

    Ian Austin

    He's become the ninth MP to leave Labour this week and told the BBC that he never believed he "would be leaving the Labour Party because of racism".

    Mr Austin has also spoken to the Express and Star newspaper and told them he was quitting because of the party's "lurch to the left" under Jeremy Corbyn and the failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the party.

    But he said he had no plans to join the new Independent Group of former Labour and Tory MPs.

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously said he was "disappointed" MPs had left, but defended his polices as having "huge public support".

    Quote Message: This has been a really difficult decision, the Labour Party has been my life. I've been in the Labour Party for 35 years and I would never have expected to have to take a decision like this." from Ian Austin Dudley North MP
    Ian AustinDudley North MP
  7. Ian Austin speaking in Parliament

    A profile of the West Midlands MP who has become the latest to quit Labour over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

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  8. Dudley MP rejects by-election calls after quitting Labour

    Ian Austin has ruled out calling a by-election in Dudley North after announcing this morning that he was quitting the Labour Party.

    Ian Austin

    The MP told BBC WM the leadership had failed to tackle anti-Semitism and turned the party into a "narrow sect".

    He also said he had no plans today to join the new Independent Group of former Labour and Tory MPs.

    A Labour spokesman expressed "regret" over Mr Austin's decision but called on him to face a by-election.

    Quote Message: Jeremy Corbyn and the people around him have turned what was a mainstream party into something very different. I think they have created a culture of extremism and intolerance.” from Ian Austin Dudley North MP
    Ian AustinDudley North MP
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    Video caption: The Independent Group: What we know so far

    MPs from the Conservatives and Labour have resigned and formed a new political group, but what do they want?