Ex-UK PM Tony Blair Denounces Antisemitism in Labour Party


"I called him an antisemitic racist in July and everything that has emerged since has confirmed my belief that I was right", Hodge said, referring to a heated conversation she had with Corbyn about the definitions of anti-Semitism after the NEC approved guidelines which were criticized as being too weak.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has blamed Jeremy Corbyn's "visceral anti-Western position" for the antisemitism row now gripping the Labour party.

The crossbench peer called on Mr Corbyn to "recant and repent" over remarks regarding Zionism.

The former prime minister made the plea ahead of a meeting this week of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) on whether to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) declaration.

Sacks the BBC's Andrew Marr he knows of Jewish families that are already planning to leave Great Britain due to their fear that the Labour leader-should he become prime minister-would unleash a new wave of anti-Semitism.

Former Prime Minister Gordon brown called on the opposition labour party to adopt the agreed worldwide definition of anti-Semitism.

She said: "Corbyn has got a problem to deal with and the problem is he is the problem".

"Jews have been in Britain since 1656, I know of no other occasion in these 362 years when Jews - the majority of our community - are asking, 'Is this country safe to bring up our children?'. And I believe this problem must be solved within the Labour Party now", Brown said.

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"Not only will the anti-Semitism row rumble on", Wes Streeting told Sky News, "[but] the damage to the Labour Party and the confidence in the Labour Party amongst Britain's Jews will be exacerbated and I think Labour will face a political crisis when we should be holding the Conservatives to account".

Mr Corbyn's position was further weakened when veteran MP Frank Field announced he would not resign as an MP and cause a by-election after leaving the parliament Labour party over the anti-Semitism of the hard left supporters of Mr Corbyn.

The NEC meeting is also scheduled to discuss proposals put forward by the democracy review, including reducing the required threshold of Parliamentary Labour Party votes - widely seen as a way of ensuring that leftwing candidates can in future make it on to the final ballot.

The NEC will consider whether to reverse its decision to omit some examples of anti-Semitic behaviour in the definition from its code of conduct for party members.

"I've known him for a very long time".

"This is about antisemitism, racism, and prejudice, so you would imagine they would want to consult with the Jewish community about the issue", said a spokesman for the Board of Deputies.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown also insisted the IHRA definition must be adopted.

"When people hear the kind of language that has been coming out of Labour, that's been brought to the surface among Jeremy Corbyn's earlier speeches, they can not but feel an existential threat", Sacks went on.