Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Labour wrong to attack anti-Semitism whistleblowers, says Thornberry

Labour wrong to attack anti-Semitism whistleblowers, says Thornberry

Mr Matthews told The Observer: "The Labour party is choosing to ignore the central charges of anti-Semitism raised by myself and other whistleblowers on Panorama, and instead, they have engaged in a concerted campaign to damage my name".

Four leading Labour peers have written to Jeremy Corbyn, offering suggestions as to how best to combat address the issue of anti-Semitism within the party.

SHADOW foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has said it is wrong for Labour to "go for" former officials who blew the whistle on anti-Semitism in the party.

The Labour peers said in their letter that it was "heartbreaking" to attack those who spoke out in the documentary.

Baroness Smith of Basildon, the shadow leader of the Lords, was among signatories to a letter to Mr Corbyn in which the Labour Peers Group offered to establish a small panel to review the substance of the claims. "I think that is what is important", she said.

Farage said that he believes Mr Corbyn's decision to further renege on post-referendum and pre-election promises to honour the Leave vote will prove to be a "historic mistake", and that his party will now pose a serious threat to Labour in the English regions.

Lord Harris of Haringey, chairman of the Labour Peers Group, said Jeremy Corbyn is "not cut out" to be party leader and should have "reined back" members of his inner circle who reportedly intervened in disciplinary cases.


He said Mr Johnson is guilty of "Islamophobic comments" directed at Muslim women in the past, and he missed an opportunity last night to apologise for describing "gay men as "tank-topped bum boys".

They wrote: "The goal of these proposals is to ensure that the Labour Party can regain the trust of its members, supporters and the wider public". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

The documentary, which aired last week, was vigorously criticised by the party, with Corbyn claiming it contained "many, many inaccuracies" and accusing the BBC programme of adopting "a pre-determined position on its own website before it was broadcast".

"Without full openness, this is a cancer that will continue to grow and, in hurting us, it will most hurt those that need a Labour Government".

The Labour leader visited the party's headquarters in London on Monday to talk to staff - but did not give a full speech.

And it said Labour staffers in the GMB union have submitted a motion for discussion at their branch meeting which calls for an apology for the party's response.

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