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Labour’s breakaway “Independent Group” offers a chance for a better politics

It will be an uphill struggle and there will be inevitable setbacks. But Berger, Leslie, Shuker and colleagues have a chance to foster a more tolerant, progressive politics

By Jane Merrick  

The new grouping offers an opportunity to do things better. Photo: PA

It had been a long time coming, but when Labour’s split finally came, the charge sheet from those leaving the party was damning: under Jeremy Corbyn, they said, the party has become institutionally racist, antisemitic, a threat to national security and international alliances, fostered a culture of bullying and intimidation, and enabled Theresa May’s version of a hard Brexit.

The seven MPs who walked out on Monday morning made clear they still had the values of…

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