Corbyn-supporting MPs discussed quitting Labour, Ian Lavery warns

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Exclusive: ex-party chair says fear of Starmer ‘purge’ may lead to MPs sitting as independents

Labour MPs who support Jeremy Corbyn have discussed resigning from the parliamentary party and sitting as independents amid fears that Keir Starmer could lead a “mass purge” of the left, an ally of the former leader has warned.

As senior party figures called for calm following Labour’s suspension of Corbyn on Thursday for saying the party’s antisemitism problem had been overstated, Ian Lavery said there are fears that the move was a “war cry” that could force some MPs to leave.

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