Апреля 23 2018

Lord Sugar deletes tweet depicting Corbyn alongside Hitler following criticism

Апреля 23 2018, 08:51 | Irvin Gilbert

Harold Wilson was a passionate Zionist. Credit HULTON ARCHIVE

Harold Wilson

The comedian and activist, 56, stepped up to represent the party after Christine Shawcroft, who was at the centre of the anti-Jewish row, resigned on Saturday evening.

Mr Izzard, who has taken a place on the party's ruling national executive committee (NEC) following the resignation of a Corbyn ally accused of ignoring anti-semitism, said Labour needed to "make amends" to the Jewish community.

The Edinburgh Eastern CLP passed a motion on Thursday warning of "a systematic and organised campaign created to destabilise the party leadership", while a separate motion in February called for an end to "automatic and instant expulsions and suspensions - especially those based on alleged anti-Semitism".

She sparked further anger with a Facebook posting, later removed, claiming the anti-Semitism row was being "stirred up to attack Jeremy, as we all know".

While friction between Jewish advocacy groups and Corbyn has existed nearly since the start of his reign, the latest confrontation began when a 6-year-old Facebook posting was brought to public attention last month by a Labour Party lawmaker who is Jewish.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I am afraid she is elected by our members". I actually think it undermines Jeremy.

'And I pledge my full energy to securing for our country the Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn that it so desperately needs'.

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"I hope she can explore her own conscience and realise the damage she has done to her own party and to Jeremy personally and make the right decision".

He called on the party's new general secretary Jennie Formby to ensure there was a swift resolution to the case of the former London mayor - a long-time ally of Mr Corbyn who was first suspended in 2016. Given what he has said I think it is highly likely he will (be expelled). He is entitled to due process on that.

Mr McDonnell responded to Lord Sugar's tweet, saying: "I just make this appeal to him".

The spokseperson added that no-one in Mr Corbyn or Mr McDonnell's offices had seen, posted or liked the anti-Semitic or abusive messages.

The chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, John Mann, said the tweet was libellous and Lord Sugar "might find it sensible to reword or remove it".

"On the contrary, I have been witnessing, since Mr Corbyn became leader, a philosophical and a political policy which espouses, in almost every respect, the very antithesis of the great party under whose reputation, and under whose flag, it now seeks to fly and where so many other Jews were once so proud to stand".

And he revealed more than 150 members have been kicked out for expressing vile views since he took over from Ed Miliband in late 2015.

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