Labour MP launches astonishing attack on Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions (PA Images).

Labour MP Neil Coyle has launched a blistering attack on Jeremy Corbyn.

The MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, who backs a second referendum, accused his party’s leader of driving members away from the party over Brexit and allowing antisemitism to continue in his name in a scathing tweet.

Mr Coyle wrote: “I can’t make Parliamentary Committee today and as emails are screened I thought I’d tweet the boss instead. So Jeremy Corbyn here goes.

“Members leaving in their thousands over Brexit. Councillors quitting. MPs will leave.

“Antisemitism continues in your name. Only you can change all this.”

The extraordinary attack came as deep divides in the Labour Party continued to reveal themselves.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer is at odds with Jeremy Corbyn over a second referendum (PA Images)

Earlier this week sources revealed that the Labour leader is deliberately pushing through Theresa May’s Brexit plan so that he can ‘wash his hands of it’.

The same source from within Labour said Mr Corbyn removed a reference from an open letter he wrote to the Prime Minister about the possibility of a second referendum without telling his shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer.

The party leader wrote to Mrs May explaining the steps she must take in order to win Labour’s support for her deal – without mentioning the possibility of a so-called People’s Vote.

The letter revealed the extent of Labour splits over Brexit. Former leadership contender Tom Watson said he was thinking of resigning over the suggestion the party could support Mrs May’s Brexit.

Labour’s official policy is that it is keeping a second referendum ‘on the table’, but Mr Corbyn has stopped short of endorsing the idea outright.

Mr Starmer has spoken much more favourably about another vote, saying it could be the only way to break the current impasse.

This is what could happen next with Brexit (PA Graphic)

The accusation that Mr Corbyn is allowing antisemitism to flourish within Labour follows the news on Monday night that Labour had received 673 allegations of anti-Semitism by its members over the past 10 months, leading to 12 individuals being expelled.

Following a meeting of the shadow cabinet on Tuesday, a Labour source said: “The shadow cabinet welcomed the transparency of the release of figures.”

Mr Corbyn has faced widespread accusations of failing to adequately tackle antisemitism in Labour.

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