Ninth MP to leave the party this week says he has no plans to join the Independent Group

Ian Austin has become the ninth MP to quit the Labour party this week, although he told his local newspaper he had no plans to join the Independent Group, founded earlier this week by some former colleagues and Tory defectors.

The MP for Dudley North in the West Midlands has been disaffected with the party leadership for a couple of years and told the Express and Star newspaper there was a “culture of extremism, antisemitism and intolerance” in Labour.

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