I presume that the four issued a statement along the following lines:
Respect in Tower Hamlets were in turmoil this week after a revolt by four of their councillors.
Oliur Rahman - the first Respect councillor in the country - and colleagues Lutfa Begum, Cllr Rania Khan and Ahmed Hussain have formed the breakaway Respect (Independent) faction.
They have resigned the Respect Group whip, which means they are not obliged to follow the party line. The rebels say it is no longer possible for them to work constructively with the group.
It is not we who have left Respect, it is Respect that has left us. It is no longer the party we joined: the party of George Galloway and Yvonne Ridley.