Ian Austin, a member of the UK parliament from the Labour party, announced on 22 February that he resigns from the party due to its purported anti-Semitic culture.

“The Labour Party has been my life, so this has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take, but I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour Party under [party’s leader] Jeremy Corbyn”, Austin told the Express & Star daily newspaper, pointing at anti-semitism within the party as the main reason for resignation.

 On 18 February, seven Labour lawmakers resigned from the party over values disagreement but remained in the parliament forming the new independent group of lawmakers. Two days later, the eighth lawmaker left Labour over anti-Semitism within the party.

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