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Angela Smith and Mike Gapes, have joined other former Labour MPs who quit the party for the Independent Group in expressing their support for Ian Austin.

Thinking of my good friend @IanAustinMP, who I know has made a brave but painful decision to leave the Labour Party. Ian has given so much to Labour over the years, but our politics is broken and is failing to put our country first.

Well done. @IanAustinMP I know how hard it is to make the very difficult decision that you can no longer be a member after decades of work for the Labour Party. Politics is broken. #ChangePolitics


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Labour’s deputy leader has described Ian Austin’s decision to leave as “very sad”.

Very sad to lose another colleague from the Labour team. It’s also personally hard to see a close friend take a decision of this magnitude.

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