Diane Abbott has come to blows with fellow Labour MP Kate Hoey after saying she no longer represents the party.
The shadow home secretary said in a television interview: “I’ve known Kate Hoey for years and I do respect her, but the truth is she’s no longer a Labour Party MP and she’s not really in a position to speculate about what may or may not happen in an election.”
It was in response to criticism from Ms Hoey, a staunch Brexiteer, over the party’s position on Brexit which she said would make it “difficult” to vote Labour in a general election.
The MP for Vauxhall took to social media to defend her opinion, tweeting: “I haven’t left Labour. Labour has left me.
“Reneged on manifesto promises to Leave the EU and deserted those millions of Labour supporters in Leave areas who believed promises and will now punish them in a general election”.
The Labour Party has not yet made it clear how it intends to vote on Monday when Boris Johnson will put forward a motion in the House of Commons to hold a general election on December 12.
Jeremy Corbyn has rejected government calls for a general election twice previously, leading to accusations that the party is “running scared”.
The opposition leader has maintained that he is keen to take the country to the ballot box, but will only support a move to do so once he is satisfied that a no-deal Brexit is off the cards.
Many of the next moves made by UK parliamentarians hang on a decision by EU leaders on whether to grant a Brexit extension, and for how long.