JEREMY Corbyn’s deputy today launched his biggest challenge yet to the leftie leader as he vowed to take charge of the anti-Semitism crisis.
Tom Watson demanded to see a copy of every single complaint made about racist abuse and bullying by Labour activists.
PA:Press Association Tom Watson has vowed to take control of Labour’s racism scandal
And he promised to oversee the complaints process – because Mr Corbyn’s allies have failed to stamp out anti-Semitism.
The move represents a huge power grab from the Labour deputy leader as he sets up a moderate “party within a party” to push back against the hard-left agenda.
He wrote to all Labour MPs and peers today, asking them to send all complaints about anti-Semitism to him as well as to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby.
Mr Watson suggested he would monitor Ms Formby after complaints she hasn’t done enough to clamp down on racism.
I am deeply alarmed at the amount of abuse that colleagues are receiving from within the partyTom Watson
The deputy leader said: “As your deputy leader, I am deeply alarmed at the amount of abuse that colleagues are receiving from within the party.
“In order to properly assess and monitor the scale of the problem, I would like to see any issue or complaint you raise with the general secretary.
“From now on, my team will be logging and monitoring all complaints. I will ensure that this information is shared with both Jeremy, the shadow cabinet and colleagues on the National Executive Committee.”
Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies, said: “The fact that Tom Watson has felt the need to do this himself is a sad commentary on the fact that the Labour leadership that has so far failed to take satisfactory action against a culture of anti-Semitism and bullying in the party.”
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Tory deputy chairman James Cleverly added: “I’ve had rows and run-ins with Tom, but he is trying to show the leadership on this issue that Corbyn has, spectacularly, failed to provide.”
Momentum boss Jon Lansman, who is Jewish, today admitted that anti-Semites are “polluting the atmosphere” of Labour.
He added: “We have to deal with these people.”
PA:Press Association Jeremy Corbyn is under fire from within Labour
Jeremy Corbyn’s deputy Tom Watson threatens to set up ‘party within a party’
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