Labour centrists quit party, recalling failed 80s experiment

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London: Seven British Labour MPs have quit their party and set up as a group of independents, saying politics in Britain is “broken” and criticising Labour policy on Brexit and its failure to tackle anti-Semitism among its membership.

  • Nick Miller
  • The Age

The split was immediately compared to the ‘Gang of Four’ who left Labour in 1981 to form the Social Democratic Party, splitting the left vote and resulting in Margaret Thatcher winning crushing parliamentary majorities at the next two elections.

But the new group said they were not forming a new political party, and rejected comparisons to the SDP, saying it was a…

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