70 current and former Labour staff give thousands of pages of evidence to probe into party’s anti-Semitism


SEVENTY current and former Labour staff have given thousands of pages of evidence to the probe into party’s anti-Semitism.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have been flooded with testimonies from Labour party staff from a range of levels after announcing in May it was investigating the party.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party are being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission
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More than 100 testimonies have come in about both suffering or witnessing anti-Semitism at party events.

Since Mr Corbyn became leader in 2015, he has been dogged by claims the party harbours anti-Semitic activists and campaigners.

Several MPs resigned over the problem, including Jewish MP Luciana Berger, who was bombarded with abuse by Corbyn supporters.

The damning evidence has been drawn together in the Jewish Labour Movement’s 47-page, 28,000 word submission to the inquiry.

Despite Jeremy Corbyn’s office insisting they had not interfered in cases, one of the whistleblowers claims they were ordered to deliver cases to the leader’s office on USB sticks.

They staff member says they were ordered to take complaints directly to Mr Corbyn’s Commons office and to lie if anyone asked what they are doing.

In the submission, the Jewish Labour Movement asks the EHRC to declare the party institutionally racist.

It says: “JLM hopes the commission will recognise the overwhelming evidence that antisemitic behaviour is rife within the party, and that the party is itself responsible for committing, permitting and encouraging antisemitic acts.

“The party’s structures, processes and employees have all contributed to an environment that is profoundly hostile to Jewish members and an organisation that is institutionally antisemitic.”

Labour MP David Lammy attends a protest calling for Jeremy Corbyn to tackle anti-Semitism

In a further blow to the far-left leader, they also pin the blame heavily on Mr Corbyn.

They say: “Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, he has made the party a welcoming refuge for antisemites.

“He has done that in a number of ways, including by publicly supporting antisemites and antisemitic tropes. The Labour Party is cast in his image.”

A spokeswoman for the EHRC said: “We are unable to comment on the detail of this investigation as it is live and ongoing.”

A Labour spokeswoman said: “Antisemitism is an evil and we are committed to rooting it out of our party and society.

“The allegation about numbers of outstanding cases is not accurate.

“And it is categorically untrue that anyone has been instructed to lie.”
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