JEREMY Corbyn was hit by a huge blow today as seven centrist MPs quit Labour in protest at his leadership.
A group led by Chuka Umunna announced they were walking out at an event in Central London.
Luciana Berger announcing she is quitting Labour
PA:Press Association Jeremy Corbyn faces a rebellion from Labour MPs
The other MPs involved are Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey and Gavin Shuker.
They are forming a new grouping called “The Independent Group” and under the slogan #changepolitics.
The rebels are furious at Mr Corbyn’s Brexit policy and his failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the party.
Ms Berger, who has faced a torrent of abuse from far-left activists, said: “I cannot remain in a party that I have today come to the sickening conclusion is institutionally anti-Semitic.”
Mr Leslie, the former Shadow Chancellor, added: “We can no longer knock on doors and support a government led by Jeremy Corbyn and the team around him.”
Rumours of a split in Labour have swirled ever since Mr Corbyn took power in 2015.
But the party’s divisions were temporarily reduced in the wake of the 2017 General Election where Labour did surprisingly well.
Three other Labour MPs have walked out of the party in the past year.
Pro-Brexit renegade Frank Field quit in protest at far-left bullying, while John Woodcock and Ivan Lewis resigned while under investigation over sex allegations.
The split will revive memories of the 1980s Social Democratic Party, which was set up by a group of Labour rebels fed up with left-wing leader Michael Foot.
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Some pro-Corbyn MPs acted with fury at news of the Labour rebellion.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle dubbed the centrists “cowards”, and called on them to quit their Commons seats and trigger a by-election.
AFP Chuka Umunna is leading the rebel group
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