Suspended MP quits Labour
The MP for Barrow and Furness and long time critic of Jeremy Corbyn John Woodcock has quit the Labour Party, while being suspended pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
Woodcock was widely unpopular in the party, and had been criticised in the past for his strong support of the Turkish Regime led by Recep Erdogan, and his support of the arms trade with Saudi Arabia, despite their terrible human rights record. He also supported the invasion of Yemen by the Saudi Coalition, a war the United Nations has declared in contravention of international humanitarian law.
He was generally regarded as being on the hard right of the party, and chaired Liz Kendall’s 2015 leadership campaign. In the 2017 general election, he vowed to vote against a Corbyn premiership, but was nevertheless allowed to remain a Labour candidate.
Allegations of sexual harassment and improper communications with a former female aide were brought against Woodcock late last year, leading to his suspension from the party this April. He denied the charges, and questioned the ‘integrity of the process’.
He tweeted his resignation from the party earlier today:
My letter to Jeremy Corbyn resigning from the Labour Party. I will continue to serve the people of Barrow and Furness as an independent MP pic.twitter.com/8PJtgurK3X— John Woodcock (@JWoodcockMP) July 18, 2018