On Tuesday, an eighth U.K. Labour member followed seven others who left the party the day before amid the antisemitism issue perpetuated by its leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

In a statement, Joan Ryan slammed Corbyn: “He’s allowed the Labour Party to become institutionally antisemitic, and he has a direct responsibility as leader.”

The seven members — Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey and Chuka Umunna — said that “enough is enough” regarding keeping silent about Corbyn’s fitness for office.

Berger, who is Jewish, had been a particularly strong critic of Labour’s handling of antisemitism, labeling the party “institutionally antisemitic,” and that she had become “embarrassed and ashamed” to remain. Berger, who represents Liverpool, had been a frequent target of antisemitic attacks since being in office.

“I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation. I look forward to a future serving with colleagues who respect each other,” she said.

The lawmakers also expressed alarm over Corbyn’s handling of Brexit. They all support a second referendum on the decision for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, a move that Corbyn opposes.

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