Dudley North MP has reportedly already resigned from the Labour Party, having said only this week that he would decide by the end of the week. The news has broken on the normally very solid Zelo Street site.
Austin was also reported to have been seeking the opinion of his constituents, but it seems that didn’t take long.
Austin had not announced – and may have been waiting for the breakfast or weekend news cycle to maximise the impact of his announcement. Austin had been discomfited by a surge in the membership of his local party and managed to win his seat by only twenty-two votes amid the ‘Corbyn surge’ in 2017.
The SKWAWKBOX has been unable to get anyone at the Labour Party to deny the news. Mr Austin has been contacted for comment.
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