Corbyn election chief Andrew Gwynne calls on Labour to acknowledge antisemitism

Labour's Emily Thornberry today admitted people claiming to be Labour supporters have approached in the street to make and defend anti Semitic remarks

The Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies of British Jews - who organised last month's rally - argue Corbyn has been slow to act on the recommendations of a 2016 report by Shami Chakrabati.

Referring to the "Enough is Enough" demonstration organized by their groups, leaders from the Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote: "Last month's protest was a necessary moment of catharsis, as painful for Labour as it was for our community, but we can not now return to 'business as usual'". Additionally, they have urged the Labour Party to speed up disciplinaryproceedings related to such offenses.

Writing in the Evening Standard, Mr Corbyn apologised for the pain caused by the problem.

"He has to act and he has to show his leadership, and then I think that's the only way we will have respect", she told BBC Radio 4's Today.

Labour's shadow community secretary and Greater Manchester MP Andrew Gwynne has acknowledged that his party has a problem with anti semitism.


He has condemned anti-Semitism on many occasions but his critics, including many of his own MPs, have called on him to back up his words with actions, including by expelling former London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Labour sources indicated that a series of meetings would be held with a wide range of groups and individuals in the coming weeks - with the first on Tuesday being with the "most representative groups".

In a letter accepting his invitation, the organisations thanked Corbyn for his commitment to addressing the "anguish" caused by anti-Semitic incidents.

However, they said recent events had not been "reassuring" for Jewish people in Britain and told him he must root anti-Semitism out of his party.

Asked if she was "ashamed" at the anti-Semitic abuse directed at Labour MPs by party supporters, Ms Thornberry replied: 'Of course I am.

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