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Labour split: Jeremy Corbyn 'disappointed' by Gang of Seven MPs defection to form Independent Group

The i logo The i 18/02/2019 Jane Clinton

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Jeremy Corbyn said he was 'disappointed' with the resignation of seven MPs from the Labour party and that they felt unable to continue to work for policies that 'inspired millions' at the last election.

In a series of not entirely conciliatory tweets the Labour leader wrote: 'I am disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for the Labour policies that inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945.

Bungling

'Labour won people over on a programme for the many not the few – redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, investing in every region and nation, and tackling climate change. a group of people posing for the camera © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd He continued: 'The Tories are bungling Brexit while Labour has set out a unifying and credible alternative plan. When millions face the misery of Universal Credit, rising crime, homelessness and poverty, now more than ever is the time to bring people together to build a better future for us all.'

Video: Jeremy Corbyn questioned on Labour Party split (ITN News)

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On Monday morning when he left his Islington home he refused to answer questions from the waiting press.

When asked about the then rumoured resignations and whether the Labour party was in trouble he responded: 'Good morning, how nice to see you and goodbye'.

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