Labour activists in Suffolk and Essex have reacted with sadness to the departure of seven moderate MPs who have left their party - but insist there should not be widespread defections among the grassroots.
Brexit is back firmly on the political agenda - and not just in the House of Commons where the Prime Minister is making another futile attempt to push through her deal that was rejected by two thirds of MPs nine days ago.
Ipswich Labour MP Sandy Martin has insisted he is not disrespecting the views of his constituents by suggesting that a second referendum might be needed to sort out the Brexit problems if all else fails.
Worried East Anglian farmers' leaders warned that a 'no deal' Brexit would have a 'serious impact' on rural businesses as the political crisis deepened following a crushing defeat for prime minister Theresa May's European Union (EU) exit strategy.
MPs in the House of Commons were tonight coming to terms with the scale of the Government's defeat in the Brexit debate - and were preparing for Wednesday's confidence vote tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.