Frank Field told withdraw resignation or face expulsion from Labour party

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Field, who sent a letter explaining his decision to Labour Chief Whip Nick Brown, said he was resigning the whip as there was now a "culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation", in the party.

Speaking to the Guardian he said: "The chief whip said that I can not remain after two weeks of resigning the Labour whip a member of the Labour party".

Deputy Leader Tom Watson said Field's resignation must be a "major wake-up call" for the party.

Labour won 262 seats in the 2017 general election but are currently down to 257 after the suspension of two MPs pending sexual harassment allegations, while John Woodcock, Jared O'Mara and now Field have quit the party whip in recent months. "I said I would think about it because it is insane to spend an hour with the chief whip and not think about what he said, but I didn't express any enthusiasm for that".

"Britain fought the Second World War to banish these views from our politics, but that superhuman effort and success is now under huge and sustained internal attack", he wrote.

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He said he knew of several peers - whom he declined to name - who are Labour party members but who do not take the whip in the upper chamber. I said I would dispute that and appeal that. The remarks comes after his constituency party delivered a no-confidence vote against him after he sided with the government in a series of Brexit votes.

The reaction of Labour types has been mixed, with many noting that Field was already facing deselection threats from his local party over his pro-Brexit stance.

The Bassetlaw MP also defended the decision of Mr Field to resign, saying the party needed to address the "atmosphere of bullying, intimidation, extremism and racism". "I absolutely want to remain a member of the party", he said.

He added that Labour must show it can put its house in order to demonstrate it is "fit to run the country".

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At worst, it serves to legitimise appalling levels of bullying and intimidation of lifelong Labour supporters.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, who has served for 26 years, intervention came as Mr Field was threatened by the Labour leadership to withdraw his resignation from the parliamentary party or face being expelled from Labour.

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"I wish to be the Labour party candidate at the next election and, if I am not, I shall stand as an independent Labour candidate".

The veteran MP, who has resigned the Labour whip, was among those who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership in 2015, calling the other candidates "thin post-Blair gruel" and saying the leftwinger would change the terms of the debate.

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