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Frank Field says he did not jump before being pushed

FRANK FIELD denied yesterday that he resigned from the Labour whip because his Constituency Labour Party (CLP) was seeking to deselect him over his vote in favour of government Brexit plans.

Mr Field announced his resignation from the whip on Thursday and said it was over the anti-semitism row, but has insisted that it was not part of a plot to bring down Jeremy Corbyn.

He told BBC Breakfast: “I hope and I believe Jeremy will lead us into the next election and it is not true I’m a constant critic of Jeremy.

“I believe he has the right to take us into the next election because he has won two leadership contests.”

He also denied claims that he jumped before he was pushed after having lost a no confidence vote within his CLP.

Labour sources have said Mr Field’s wish to serve as an Independent MP while remaining a member of the party is “not possible.”

Under the Parliamentary Labour Party standing orders, which govern MPs, anyone who takes such action will usually get a letter asking them to retake the party whip within 14 days or face expulsion.

Meanwhile, a newly elected Jewish councillor for a ward bordering his Birkenhead constituency told Swarkbox that she was “frankly fed up” with Mr Field using anti-semitism as a “political weapon.”

Cllr Jo Bird for Brombrough and New Ferry added in her letter: “Unlike Frank Field, my constituents’ highest priority is ending cruel Conservative government cuts to services we all rely on.

“The New Ferry part of my ward was devastated by a huge explosion in March last year and the government’s response is shockingly pathetic.”

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