Jewish MP Luciana Berger opened preceedings with a damning indictment of her former party's leadership. She said that Labour had "failed" to address antisemitism and that she was leaving behind a culture of "bullying, bigotry and intimidation".
I have been embarrassed to remain in the Labour Party.
.@lucianaberger announces seven Labour MPs have resigned from the Labour Party to form a new independent group, say… https://t.co/C0vRnUrT0t
Other MPs, such as Umunna, criticised Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit. Smith even stated that the Labour party had been "hijacked by extremists" and that they'll "never get the party back" to what it used to be. Gapes said the Labour Party is now a "racist" party. Across speeches by all seven members, Corbyn's refusal to listen to Labour members on Brexit or address antisemitism were the two most frequently cited concerns.
Corbyn responded to the split on Twitter.
I am disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for the Labour policies that inspire… https://t.co/t6QsNBFw8W