DIANE Abbott’s local Labour party was dragged into the anti-Semitism row after saying it is a “scandal” to describe the party as racist.
The top Corbyn ally reportedly failed to intervene as Jewish members were in tears after the controversial motion was backed.
Reuters Diane Abbott’s local Labour party was dragged into the anti-Semitism row after saying it is a ‘scandal’ to describe the party as racist
It comes as other branches across the country mounted a bid to reinstate suspended MP Chris Williamson.
The Derby MP was suspended for saying the party had been “too apologetic” about the racism crisis.
But hard-left activists at several branches, including Sheffield and Kensington, have tabled or passed motions demanding he is reinstated.
Disgusted Labour MP Stella Creasy blasted the Hackney North branch, tweeting: “What on earth is going on?”
Patrick Moule, a Labour activist in Hackney, furiously branded the move a “disgrace”.
He said: “Jewish members bravely spoke up and their lived experience was ignored and denied. I feel ashamed and bereft that my political home of over a decade has sunk so low.”
Emily Benn, the granddaughter of the late Labour grandee Tony Benn, said: “Yet another day of being truly ashamed of my Party I used to love, but now no longer recognise on this evidence, there is very little hope left for The Labour Party”
Meanwhile, the Sheffield party voted by 40 to 1 to back a motion saying Mr Williamson has been “falsely accused of anti-Semitism” and demanding he is reinstated.
They also said crisis has been used to carry out a “witch hunt of Corbyn supporters”.
Mr Corbyn faced furious demands to intervene and expel the Sheffield party.
Yet another day of being truly ashamed of my Party I used to love, but now no longer recognise on this evidence, there is very little hope left for The Labour PartyEmily Bennon Labour crisis
A Labour Party source said: “CLPs are not involved in individual disciplinary cases and can’t influence them, which would be entirely inappropriate.
“Rather than looking inwards and fueling internal divisions, we should be focusing on campaigning, developing our hugely popular manifesto and working together to fight the Tories.”
Ms Abbott’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby launched an extraordinary attack on Tom Watson for trying to take charge of the anti-Semitism crisis.
The Labour deputy leader has torn into his own party for failing to get a grip and urged his fellow MPs to send all complaints to him.
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But Ms Formby, a Corbyn ally, wrote to Mr Watson looping in all Labour MPs rapping him for bypassing her office.
She blasted: “It is absolutely inappropriate for you to set up a vague parallel complaints monitoring system.”
She added: “You will undermine the work that my staff and I are doing and will confuse and pollute the existing formal process, compromising it and slowing it down.”
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