Politician who was at heart of motor reforms quits amid concerns over Jeremy Corbyn

Former head of the Transport Select Committee Louise Ellman has quit the Labour party amid serious concerns over Jeremy Corbyn.

Ellman, who was instrumental in the government’s motor reforms, blasted Corbyn for allowing the party to spiral out of control into an anti-Jewish cauldron of racism. 

The 73-year-old said her decision was ‘truly agonising’ but warned that Corbyn was a grave danger. 

Ellman, who has been a Labour MP since 1997, said: ”I believe that Jeremy Corbyn is not fit to serve as our Prime Minister. With a looming general election and the possibility of him becoming Prime Minister, I feel I have to take a stand. I cannot advocate a government led by Jeremy Corbyn.

“Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, antisemitism has become mainstream in the Labour Party. Jewish members have been bullied, abused and driven out. Antisemites have felt comfortable and vile conspiracy theories have been propagated. A party that permits anti-Jewish racism to flourish cannot be called anti-racist.

“This is not compatible with the Labour Party’s values of equality, tolerance and respect for minorities. Shamefully, its anti-Jewish racism is now being investigated by one of the last labour government’s proudest creations, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”