Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘fight anti-semitism’ in desperate video message after Labour party turmoil

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Jeremy Corbyn vows to 'fight anti-semitism' in desperate video message after Labour party turmoil



JEREMY Corbyn today vowed to “fight against anti-semitism” in a desperate video amid Labour’s turmoil over quitting MPs.
After eight of his party members left in protest over his leadership and failure to tackle anti-semitism he spoke to the public this evening.
Jeremy Corbyn spoke out today in response to eight of his MPs quitting the party
On Monday seven centrist MPs quit in protest at Mr Corbyn’s leadership – saying he has made Labour “a racist and anti-semitic party”.
And yesterday evening Joan Ryan resigned her post, becoming the eighth MP to do so.
Mr Corbyn said: “It’s disappointing that some MPs have left our party to sit with disaffected Tory MPs but we can’t return to the failed business as usual politics of the past.
“And it’s only Labour that offers solutions to challenges people face today.
“These MPs now want to abandon the policies on which they were elected, so the decent and democratic thing for them to do is to resign and put themselves up for election.
“And I want to make is absolutely clear I regard the fight against antisemitism as an absolute property, and we are utterly determined to root out antisemitism from our party and society.”
The MPs who announced their departure from the party on Monday are Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey and Gavin Shuker.
They are forming a new grouping in the House of Commons called “The Independent Group” – but fell short of creating a whole new political party.
Jeremy Corbyn’s entire statement”Our Labour movement is greater than the sum of our parts. We are at our best when we work together, to transform our society, to rebuild our public services and deliver a sensible deal with Europe that works for the whole country.
“It’s disappointing that some MPs have left our party to sit with disaffected Tory MPs but we can’t return to the failed business as usual politics of the past. And it’s only Labour that offers solutions to challenges people face today.
“We showed at the General Election Labours platform reflects actually what most people want.
“And delivered the biggest increase in Labours share of the vote since 1945.
“These MPs now want to abandon the policies on which they were elected, so the decent and democratic thing for them to do is to resign and put themselves up for election.
“And I want to make is absolutely clear I regard the fight against antisemitism as an absolute property, and we are utterly determined to root out antisemitism from our party and society.
“I say again to the Jewish people both our party and across the country, we are your allies in the fight against antisemitism.
” Labour is the only party with a deep rooted history of combating racism, it’s the only party that’s ever delivered for the many, not the few.
“And I know when we are united, we will deliver the change the people of this country need and deserve.”

The rebels are furious at Mr Corbyn’s Brexit policy and his failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the party.
Rumours of a split in Labour have swirled ever since Mr Corbyn took power in 2015.
But the party’s divisions were temporarily reduced in the wake of the 2017 General Election where Labour did surprisingly well.
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Labour has come under fire over its handling of disciplinary action against members accused of making anti-Semitic remarks – such as Ken Livingstone, who was suspended for two years for claiming Hitler was a Zionist.
On November 2 Scotland Yard said it had launched a probe into alleged instances of anti-Semitic hate by Labour members.
Officers are examining an internal Labour dossier after it was handed to the force’s boss earlier this year, and were considering whether to bring criminal charges against activists who had been accused of racism.
AFP The rebels are furious at Mr Corbyn’s Brexit policy and his failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the party
Jeremy Corbyn says he regrets that seven MPs ‘No longer remain part of the Labour Party’

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