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Robert Webb Announces He's Quitting Labour In Social Media Rant At Jeremy Corbyn

19/11/2015 17:53 GMT | Updated 20/11/2015 10:59 GMT
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Robert Webb arriving at the British Comedy Awards at Indigo2, at the O2 Arena, London.

Comedian Robert Webb has announced he has quit the Labour Party after being targeted by ardent fans of Jeremy Corbyn on social media.

The 'Peep Show' writer and actor, who previously described Corbyn as "fucking awful" and bemoaned him being "marooned in the 1980s", told his 388,000 followers on Twitter that he had been spoken to "very horribly" by so-called 'Corbynistas', decrying his political interventions as unhelpful.

Webb's announcement came in an exchange with a former Labour spin doctor.

Hopi Sen originally tweeted Labour's in-fighting had meant it was "not the best of days politically" but a casual remark from Webb turned into a tirade, in which he revealed having cancelled his standing order to pay his annual fee for Labour Party membership.

Sen tried to win Webb back, saying the news he had left the party "distresses me" and calling on him to stay, but it was no good.

The exchange ended with Webb saying the decision was a "personal choice" and that he admired those 'moderate' members of the party willing to fight. Webb said: "I've just had it."

Webb later clarified his remarks in a string of posts, saying he "didn't mean to make some big deal announcement", but had many reasons for quitting the party.

He highlighted the appointment of Seumas Milne, Corbyn's controversial new director of communications, as one of his main concerns.

Webb has previously said Corbyn was "almost GM designed by [the] Tories to lose the next election".

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