LABOUR could see a historic split in its ranks in the wake of the election as up to 100 MPs reportedly threaten to walkout and form their own breakaway group in an attempt to force out Jeremy Corbyn.
The Daily Telegraph reportssome Labour candidates are in talks with potential donors about a new “Progressives” group if the current party leader remains.
A potential outcome would be for the MPs to become grouped together in the House of Commons under that banner, and rejoin the Labour party once Corbyn was ousted.
If an organised anti-Corbyn group came together they could prove a sizeable opponent to Corbyn, who has said he might stay on as leader even if the Conservatives win on June 8.
The rumoured talks are said to have been going on in private so the MPs do not appear disloyal and do not threaten their re-election next month.
A senior Labour source told the Telegraph “about 100” moderate MPs were likely to sit in their own grouping following the election.
This split has been rumoured for some time as the party is being infiltrated by the extreme left.