Former Labour whip Frank Field to stand for new party
Birkenhead MP Frank Field is set to stand for the new Birkenhead Social Justice Party at the next general election.
Field has held the seat of Birkenhead for 40 years but quit Labour in August 2018 in protest at the party's handling of anti-Semitism.
He still chairs the Commons Work and Pensions Committee and has been in post for two years.
Speaking at Birkenhead town hall, Field said that reports speaking about his “political death” were “wildly exaggerated” and that local parties including Labour had succumbed to a “culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation”.
He said: "I will be standing again as a candidate at the next election with the aim of doing what I have done for 40 years: always putting the interests of our town and our country first while championing the views and interests of the underdogs in our society."
Field made his intentions clear that his campaign for social justice would continue and he is currently drafting up a manifesto based on the views of Birkenhead residents for the foundation of the new social justice party.
Notably, Field did side with the government on key Brexit votes during the summer of 2018, which saw him lose a vote of confidence in his constituency party while still a Labour MP last July, a month before quitting the party over the anti-Semitism row.