After 55 years as a member of the UK Labour Party, Liverpool Riverside MP Dame Louise Ellman has resigned from the party.
Ellman, 73, tendered her resignation this past Wednesday in a letter, writing that she was “deeply troubled” by the increase in anti-Semitism she has seen and declaring that she believes party leader “Jeremy Corbyn is not fit to serve as our prime minister.”
I have made the truly agonising decision to leave the Labour Party after 55 years. I can no longer advocate voting Labour when it risks Corbyn becoming PM. I will continue to serve the people of Liverpool Riverside as I have had the honour to do since 1997. pic.twitter.com/3BTzUacZvo
— Louise Ellman MP (@LouiseEllman) October 16, 2019
Upcoming party elections made the move a necessity, inasmuch as the lawmaker would have had to encourage her constituents to vote for Corbyn, or resign.
Ellman is not the first Jewish senior Labour Party member to have taken this step. Over the past year there’s been a parade of Jewish lawmakers who have virtually streamed out of Labour’s ranks, all of them lamenting the party’s warm tolerance for anti-Semitic attitudes since the rise of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.