Sir Keir Starmer urged to boot out Labour boss over ‘anti-Semitic’ posts


SIR KEIR Starmer is under massive pressure to boot out a hard-left Labour boss for alleged anti-Semitic posts online.

The party chief has vowed to purge his party of racists and told Jews “judge me by my actions – not my words”.

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer is under pressure to boot out a newly-elected hard-Left Labour boss accused of 'anti-Semitic' comments online

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Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer is under pressure to boot out a newly-elected hard-Left Labour boss accused of ‘anti-Semitic’ comments onlineCredit: Reuters

In a key test for his leadership, it emerged newly elected Labour NEC member Gemma Bolton branded Israel an “apartheid state”. The left-winger also called for a boycott of the country and dared party bosses to suspend her over the comments.

The Corbynista tweeted in August 2018: “If I run the risk of getting suspended for calling Israel an apartheid state then so be it. Suspend me.

“Because that comrades, is a hill I am perfectly happy to die on.”

In another post she called for a boycott of Israel with a string of clapping emojis. Campaigners say the messages breach Labour’s policy on anti-Semitism and demanded tough action.

Euan Philipps, Labour Against Antisemitism spokesman, said: “Gemma Bolton has been promoting what appear to be anti-Semitic views on Twitter, and we have reported the evidence to Labour Party HQ.

“Given a recent report concluded the Labour Party had broken the law in how it dealt with antisemitism, this is an extremely serious situation and cannot simply be brushed under the carpet.

Starmer was urged to act over Labour NEC member Gemma Bolton referring to Israel as an 'apartheid state' and calling for a boycott

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Starmer was urged to act over Labour NEC member Gemma Bolton referring to Israel as an ‘apartheid state’ and calling for a boycott

“If Keir Starmer wants to show voters that Labour is indeed under new management, he and General Secretary David Evans must act strongly and decisively – and demonstrate that there is zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in his party.”

It is understood Labour is investigating the complaint.

A party spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”

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