John Mann has announced he is quitting as Labour MP for Bassetlaw, Nottingham, as he launched a scathing attack on Jeremy Corbyn. He declared the Labour Party “will not survive” the erosion of principles under Mr Corbyn’s leadership and said he did not think the Labour leader was “appropriate to be prime minister”. Mr Mann, who served as a Labour MP for 18 years, will be leaving the role to take up a full-time role as the Government’s anti-semitism chief.
Speaking to the Sunday Times Mr Mann launched a scathing attack against the Labour Leader and claims Mr Corbyn has given the “green light to anti-semites”.
He said: “The party will not survive the erosion of its principles and its soul by this racist infiltration.
“Corbyn has given the green light to the anti-semites and having done so has sat there and done nothing to turn that round.”
Mr Mann’s decision to quit could raise the prospect of an early by-election in his marginal seat which could see the party lose a seat in the Commons.
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