Jeremy Corbyn STILL blames opponents for exaggerating anti-Semitism after damning report finds Labour broke law


JEREMY Corbyn STILL blamed opponents for exaggerating anti-Semitism claims today – even after a damning report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found Labour broke the law.

Mr Corbyn refused to apologise after the equalities watchdog found the party under the hard left-former leader allowed horrible harassment and abuse of Jewish members to thrive.

Jeremy Corbyn was blamed for overseeing the party and failing to tackle anti-semitism in the ranks

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Jeremy Corbyn was blamed for overseeing the party and failing to tackle anti-semitism in the ranksCredit: PA:Press Association
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Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to ‘build bridges’ with the Jewish CommunityCredit: Getty Images – Getty

In a shameless statement, Mr Corbyn said today: “The scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”

And he added he “did not accept all of the reports findings.”

He blamed inheriting a broken complaints system and attacked the party for failing to overhaul it.

Mr Corbyn claimed as leader he was “determined to eliminate all forms of racism” including anti-Semitism – but the ECHR said his team had meddled in complaints.

The report found there were three separate breaches of the law – for members harassing Jewish members, Mr Corbyn’s team stepping in and interfering with complaints of anti-semitic bullying, and the party failing to provide training to deal with those complaints.

Interim Chair of the EHRC Caroline Waters slammed the Labour party and Mr Corbyn for failing to take leadership and quell the disgusting abuse.

She said: “We found specific examples of harassment, discrimination and political interference – but equally of concern was a lack of leadership within the Labour Party on these issues, which is hard to reconcile with its stated commitment to a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism.”

Members of the Labour Party pushed ” anti-semitic tropes” and when victims of the abuse raised their voice, they were told their claims were “fake”.

Sir Keir Starmer said it was a “day of shame” for the party and demanded a change in culture in the party.

He accepted the report in full and vowed to come up with a plan to tackle all the issues within six weeks.

In a warning shot at critics he blasted: “If you are anti-semitic, you should be nowhere near this party, and we will make sure you are not.

“We have failed our members, our supporters and the British public.

“I am truly sorry for the pain and grief that has been caused.”

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In a side swipe at the former Labour boss he said anyone who claimed anti-Semitism was “exaggerated” was a “part of the problem” and had no place in the party.

The report found:

  • Jeremy Corbyn’s team personally meddled in at least 23 anti-Semitism complaints
  • The party broke the law three times and must submit a dossier by December 10 or they could face further action
  • Labour had “serious failings” in leadership and its complaints process wasn’t up to scratch
  • Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was found guilty of harassment
  • At the worst the party “could be seen to accept” anti-Jew hate

As leader, Mr Corbyn staged shocking political interventions into complaints against anti-semitic members 23 times.

These included stopping investigations happening or preventing people being suspended.

The report illustrated an example of Mr Corbyn meddling in a complaint against himself – after he praised an anti-semitic mural.

Staff working for the former leader dismissed the complaint saying it “falls well below the threshold” for an investigation.

The party has until December 10 to come up with an action plan to tackle the breaches of the Equalities Act.

Sir Keir has vowed to build bridges with the Jewish community in the wake of the anti-Semitic abuse – and will now face calls to boot Mr Corbyn out of the party.

Earlier this year he sacked loyal Corbynista Rebecca Long-Bailey from his shadow Cabinet after she shared an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on Twitter.

However, this morning, Mr Corbyn’s son Tommy heaped praise on him saying, “Interesting day ahead I’m sure.

“Whatever anyone writes in any report, this man is the furthest thing from a racist as it’s possible to be. I’ve spent my entire life watching him relentlessly fight every form of racism and oppression across the globe.”

Jeremy Corbyn's son Tommy heaped praise on him

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Jeremy Corbyn’s son Tommy heaped praise on him

POOR COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

The report also found that people who complained about anti-Semitism to the party were treated poorly.

It said the complaints inbox was “largely left unmonitored for a number of years and no action taken on the majority of complaints forwarded to it”.

And it blasted the party for choosing not to take action.

Labour could “act decisively when it wanted to” and had done so in the past on sexual harrassment, it said, but under Mr Corbyn it did not tackle anti-Jew hate.

MISSING RECORDS

Shockingly, 62 of the 70 files reviewed had records missing – and the ECHR had to demand more information.

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The failure to provide a proper training programme to members led to a complete breakdown in trust, it said.

Most of the abuse targeted Jewish MPs on social media – at least 59 of the 70 complaints the watchdog investigated.

Labour had a policy of not investigating anti-Semitic posts which were “shared” or “liked” by members.

“This meant members could share as much anti-Semitic conduct as they liked”, the EHRC’s Alastair Pringle said.

PUSH BACK

And the watchdog said Labour refused to cooperate with their report last year, and originally refused to hand over Whatsapp messages.

Mr Henderson said: “It is very disappointing  that we found those obstructions.”

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was singled out as using offensive anti-semitic tropes

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Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was singled out as using offensive anti-semitic tropesCredit: PA:Press Association

Two key members of the Labour party – Ken Livingstone, the former London Mayor, and Pam Bromely, a Labour councillor in Rossendale – were singled out by the report for pushing offensive anti-semitic tropes.

The pair suggested any complaints were “fake or smears”.

The Labour party was legally responsible for both Mr Livingstone and Mr Bromely’s actions, saying they helped spur on a “hostile environment” for Jewish members

Yesterday Mr Livingstone, claimed he expected the report to be “a bit of a con” and that they “whipped up” anti-semitism allegations to topple Mr Corbyn.

He told The Sun: “This was nothing to do with anti-Semitism – it was about getting rid of Jeremy Corbyn.”

He added: “Unless the report comes out and says this was a load of nonsense whipped up to undermine the Labour leadership, it won’t really be honest.”

But the two cases were just “the tip of the iceberg” and 18 more borderline cases were found of Labour Party candidates, councillors or party staff being anti-Semitic – but there wasn’t enough evidence to blame the party for it.

‘THREATS AND ABUSE’

Former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth blasted Jeremy Corbyn for hanging Jewish members out to dry

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Former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth blasted Jeremy Corbyn for hanging Jewish members out to dry

This morning, ex-MP Ruth Smeeth slammed the hard-left former leader for hanging Jewish members out to dry and “doing nothing” as they faced “torrents and torrents of abuse”.

Opening up about the horrifying abuse, Ms Smeeth told Good Morning Britain her and other Jewish MPs experience daily harrassment, which still continues today, at the hands of members of the Labour Party.

She said: “What was happening to Jewish women throughout the country at Labour party meetings, and nothing happening.

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“Jeremy Corbyn could’ve intervened, he could’ve stopped this, he never politically showed leadership.

“He left Jewish members to be bullied and harassed, to be hanged out of the Labour party, to face death threats and abuse from Labour party members.”

She said today was a “black day” for the party.

DRIVEN OUT

Another ex-MP, Louise Ellman said she was “driven out” of the party by “ugly antisemitism” which begun as Mr Corbyn was elected leader.

Writing in the Times today, She said the anti-Semitism of the party “became normalised with the entry of the far-left following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader.”

She said she was “targeted” by Labour party members in her own constituency who wanted to topple her as MP for being “a zionist”.

Recommendations of the report

The Labour party should, according to the EHRC:

  • Commission an independent process to handle and determine antisemitism complaints
  • Admit political interference has affected the process
  • Implement clear rules and guidance that ban and sanction any inappropriate interference
  • Put in place long-term arrangements for independent oversight of the complaint handling process to make sure it doesn’t happen again
  • Put together a guide of policy complaints – including how they are investigated and what sanctions could be dished out
  • Review and update its ‘Code of Conduct: Social Media Policy’ warning Labour members may face action if they peddle anti-Jew hate
  • Mandatory new training for all people involved in the complaints process within 6 months
  • Anyone found guilty of anti-semitism to take an educational course

Despite revealing a horrible plot to remove her, and the Labour Executive Committee finding she had been subject to “obsessive interrogations”, no action was taken against members who bullied and harassed her.

Ms Ellman said: “The moves to oust me continued in a more subtle form including a campaign to dehumanise me by refusing to use my name. I became “the MP” or “Mrs Ellman”.

“At the Riverside celebrations following the 2017 general election, I was ostracised. I was studiously and deliberately ignored. “

“No one spoke to me. The celebrations continued as if I was not present. I was a non-person.”

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