WATCH: “Stand down and fight by-elections,” McDonnell tells splitters

John McDonnell has called on those MPs who have quit the Labour Party today to “stand down and fight by-elections”.

The seven ex-Labour MPs today confirmed that they had quit the party but did not have plans to resign from parliament, which means their constituents won’t be offered the opportunity to vote for a Labour MP until the next general election.

The Shadow Chancellor told Channel 4 News: “All of these MPs stood on our manifesto in 2017… they all increased their majorities, now they’re on a different platform.

“The honourable thing, the usual thing for them to do now is to stand down and fight by-elections back in their constituencies.”

On what the Labour Party will be doing in response to the news, McDonnell said: “We’ll do what we’re doing always, which is an open door, we’re listening to people all the time.”

He added: “The argument that we no longer support a people’s vote was put forward. That’s not the case – we’ve deliberately kept that on the table.”

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