Labour news: Figures show worrying link between anti-semitism and the labour party | UK | News

A charity working to monitor anti-Jewish hate crime has linked the labour party to one on eight anti-semitic incidents recorded in 2019. Incidents have increased by seven per cent from the year before with the a total of 1,805 cases being recorded in 2019.

Of the 1,805 cases of anti-Jewish hate crime being recorded, a staggering 224 has been linked to the Labour party.

According to the research, 224 cases recorded saw the offender or abuser connected to Labour and its supporters.

In contrast, 126 cases were linked to the far-Right.

The charity said most incidents took place in the months of December and February, when there was intense debate over claims of anti-semitism within the Labour party.

In December there was widespread debate about Labour’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the run-up to the election.

The crisis continued into February 2019, which saw nine Labour MPs leave the party over former leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the anti-semitism crisis and handling of Brexit.

Labour MP’s Anne Coffey, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker and Chuka Umunna announced their resignation from the Labour Party at a press conference in February 2019.

Corbyn’s ally Chris Williamson was suspended over comments during the month the spike in incidents took place.

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In an interview with ES Magazine, Mr Cox hit out at Sir Keir Starmer – the current favourite to succeed Jeremy Corbyn, saying he was “too corporate”.

He also warned readers against backing Rebecca Long-Bailey.

Mr Cox said if she did win the leadership race, “it means they have learned nothing”.

However, the actor who was previously heavily involved in the party said he would “prefer a woman” to be the next leader of the party.

Mr Cox backed Lisa Nandy for the leadership bid and said: “She seems to me to get it more.”

There are currently four Labour MPs left in the leadership race, with the fourth candidate being Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.

After a series of ballots using the alternative vote system, the candidates will find out the final result at a special Labour conference on April 4.

Sir Keir is currently leading the race, surging in both the polls and Constituency Labour Party (CLP) nominations.

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