Labour MP quits party because it's 'racist', immediately refers to 'people who are a funny tinge' during BBC interview
Good to see that politics in the UK is going as strong as ever.
This morning Angela Smith announced herself as one of the co-founders of the new Independent group, a political group formed by seven rebel MPs who quit Labour.
At the announcement press conference, the MPs stood up, one after the other, and passionately highlighted the key factors in their decision to leave the party, including Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit, racism in the form of anti-Semitism within the party and the growing influence of the "hard-left".
In fairness to Smith, managed to last - what was it? A couple of hours? Three max? - before appearing on the BBC as a representative of her new political movement and completely fucking it.
How you ask? By actually answering a question by saying the following sentence, during an interview on the subject of whether racism remains a problem in Britain: "It's not about being black or a funny tinge-" before interrupting herself to add, "from the BAME community".
I’m cringing. pic.twitter.com/oWuUBd3wP7
— Abi (@spabs1) February 18, 2019
Smith resigned from her seat as representative for Penistone and Stocksbridge, which she had held since 2010. In her resignation speech, she cited her 'Labour family' and 'working-class pride' before going on to explain the reasoning behind her decision.
She stated that "the Labour is a party now characterised by intolerance" and "fosters division rather than unity" before concluding that she could not "in all conscience, continue to affiliate with a Labour Party that I consider unfit for government".
Since then, she has posted an 18-second apology video, where she states that she aims to fight racism at every possible chance.
Less than six hours since the Independent Group was announced, there is an apology from one of its members following a racism storm. This is going sooo well pic.twitter.com/cvd8bzzBbQ
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) February 18, 2019