BBC microphone at Labour split press conference overhears 'we are actually f*****, the Conservatives are going to win' 1 year ago

BBC microphone at Labour split press conference overhears 'we are actually f*****, the Conservatives are going to win'

British politics continues on the straight and narrow

Seven MPs have quit the Labour party.

'The Independent Group' cited Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit, anti-Semitism and "hard-left" policies as factors in their decision to quit.

And while that was being announced a microphone overheard someone swearing about the state of British politics and, more broadly, the country.

Members of the newly formed Independent group are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

The group are not yet forming a new political party but will sit together in parliament.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Labour MP Luciana Berger announces her resignation from the Labour Party at a press conference on February 18, 2019 in London, England. Chuka Umunna MP along with Chris Leslie, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith, Anne Coffey and Mike Gapes have announced they have resigned from the Labour Party and will sit in the House of Commons as The Independent Group of Members of Parliament. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Luciana Berger announces her resignation from the Labour Party (Credit: Leon Neal)

Speaking at a press conference on Monday morning, Berger said: "This morning we have all now resigned from the Labour Party. This has been a very difficult, painful, but necessary decision.

"We represent different parts of the country, we are of different backgrounds, we were born of different generations, but we all share the same values.

"From today, we will all sit in Parliament as a new independent group of MPs."

Afterwards the BBC's live coverage picked up, as Luciana Berger began to take questions, someone muttering the words: "Not going to lie, between this and Brexit we're actually fucked.

"It's going to be so divided, the Conservatives are going to win."

A hot mic picking up what the rest of the watching country was probably thinking.

Responding to the departure of seven of his colleagues, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "disappointed" that the MPs had chosen to quit his party.

He said: "I am disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for the Labour policies that inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945."