UK's Labour suspends members active in 'antisemitic' Facebook group

  • UK's Labour suspends members active in 'antisemitic' Facebook group

UK's Labour suspends members active in 'antisemitic' Facebook group

A document released this week contained screenshots allegedly showing that Jeremy Corbyn was a participating member in the secret Facebook group called "Palestine Live" in which vehement anti-Semitism was posted, "right up until his first weeks as leader of the Labour Party", the group alleged.

A Scottish Labour spokesperson said: "The Scottish Executive unanimously agreed a unity motion ahead of the conference debate on Brexit". Other notable members include Baroness Jenny Tonge, a pro-Palestinian activist, as well as Labour Member of Parliament Clive Lewis and Jeremy Corbyn's son Seb who is senior aide to the current Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Meanwhile, the other members of the group, including several Jewish anti-Zionists, rarely object to the anti-Semitism posted there.

Labour would "negotiate a new and strong relationship with the single market", he said, appearing to rule out the call from some in Scotland for the party to commit to permanent membership. One member is shown commenting "am reading Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler]...everybody should be forced to read it, especially Jews who have their own agenda as to why they were not liked".

He will use the speech to declare that "Labour in Scotland is back", having defied its detractors who claimed in recent years that the party was "dying".

Some users are said to have shared articles by conspiracy theorist David Icke, and David Duke, former grand wizard of the KKK.

They said: "Jeremy and the Labour party are implacably opposed to all forms of anti-Semitism and will take whatever necessary action to stamp it out in the Labour party".

With Labour winning seven Scottish constituencies at last year's general election, another 20 seats would see Mr Corbyn's party taking nearly half of the 59 Commons seats north of the Border.

"Obviously, any anti-Semitic comment is wrong". He does not want the support of anti-Semites, who have no place whatsoever in the Labour movement. One of Mr Corbyn's slogans is "standing up, not standing by", but in this case he has not stood up, but instead he actively joined in'.

A number of Labour party members have been suspended and investigations begun after an exhaustive investigation into the group, according to the report.

Later responding to Mr Corbyn's speech Ms Slither said there was "no Left-wing case" for leaving the single market adding: "If we want to fund our radical manifestos to deliver governments for the many, not the few, we must support permanent United Kingdom membership of the European single market and the customs union".

An internal Labour probe in 2016 found although there was sometimes a "toxic atmosphere" around anti-Semitism and racism in the party it was not overrun with the problem.

He said: "Jeremy Corbyn's speech was a clear swipe at former leader Kezia Dugdale on her latest Brexit stunt".