Labour veteran Joan Ryan becomes the eighth MP to quit the party

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The crisis within Labour deepened last night as an eighth MP quit the party, accusing Jeremy Corbyn of 'presiding over a culture of anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel'.

Joining the group that broke away on Monday, Joan Ryan said she 'could not be part of a party that allows racism to flourish'.

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She said Mr Corbyn was 'a danger' and compared him to Donald Trump.

Chuka Umanna, the most high-profile MP among the eight to have joined the breakaway Independent Group, said on Twitter: 'It is such a difficult and tough decision but the right one. Huge respect to my friend Joan Ryan.'

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Miss Ryan joined Labour in 1983 and was first elected MP for Enfield North in 1997.

In her resignation letter, the chairman of Labour Friends of Israel said the party had become 'infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism'.

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She added: 'This problem simply did not exist in the party before [Corbyn's] election as leader. No previous Labour leader would have allowed this huge shame to befall the party.'

She added that she had been 'horrified, appalled and angered to see the Labour leadership's dereliction of duty in the face of this evil.'

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She said Labour provoked 'bewilderment, fear and anger' among the Jewish community.

Shortly before submitting her formal notice of resignation last night Miss Ryan, 63, said she considered the move to be a duty in an interview with The Times.

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'It's obviously not a delight, it's painful,' she said of her decision.

She later tweeted: 'After four decades, I have made the terribly difficult decision to resign from the Labour Party. It is the greatest honour of my life to represent the people of Enfield North.'

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She paid tribute to Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson who she said had chosen to continue the fight from within the party.

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