News is now coming in that Clare Short is expected to resign from the Labour Party today and announce that she intends to sit as an independent MP for the remainder of the Parliament.
This follows her decision over summer, as revealed exclusively on The Daily, that she would not stand again at the next general election, in order to campaign for a hung parliament and PR.
Update: The BBC now have confirmation from Clare Short’s office that she has resigned and intends to cross the floor and sit as an independent MP for the remainder of this parliament. Her resignation letter is here.
The resignation will reduce the nominal Labour majority in the Commons to 64 and the “real” majority to 70 but it will also be a setback to leadership challenger John McDonnell, who will have been hoping for Short’s nomination to help him obtain the 44 required.