UK Labour leader criticised for anti-Semitism in party

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While on its own the Shawcroft controversy may be dismissed as a relatively minor party matter, it comes in the wake of a relentless series of controversies related to anti-Semitism as the party has lurched to the left since Corbyn's ascension to the leadership in 2015, where activists and politicians with hardline views, including on Israel and Palestine, have gained power.

Shawcroft said in a statement: 'It is clear that my continued membership of the NEC has become a distraction for the Party and an excuse for endless intrusive media harassment of myself, my family and friends'. Corbyn sent a letter of apology to various Jewish groups before the protests.

During Monday's event, around 1,500 protesters massed outside the British parliament.

The Labour leader has pledged to root out anti-Semitism within Labour, but has faced a troubled week that started with Jewish leaders demonstrating outside parliament.

They also stressed that the party not connected in any way to the controversial Facebook groups and would expel members who posted hate-filled messages online.

'We all need to do better.

"We must make amends and fix the damage with the Jewish community as Jeremy Corbyn has promised to do". A senior party source said: "This has been written up in a way that makes it look as if these people were active and complicit in the abuse".

She was replaced by comedian Eddie Izzard, who called on Labour to "stamp out completely the stain of anti-Semitism from a minority of members".

To do so, he must appoint an independent commission to oversee those efforts which will give regular updates to both Labour and Jewish community leaders.

Former Labour peer Lord Sugar has taken down a tweet showing Jeremy Corbyn in a vehicle next to Hitler after it sparked a Twitter row. Earlier this month, the party extended his 2-year suspension pending the results of an internal investigation.

The comic and actor, who is a Labour centrist, also offered his support to Corbyn.

"It is easy to denounce antisemitism when you see it in other countries, in other political movements".

He called on the party's new general secretary Jennie Formby to ensure there was a swift resolution to the case of the former London mayor - a long-time ally of Mr Corbyn who was first suspended in 2016.

U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tried to assuage recent anti-Semitism accusations against his party with a Passover message to Jews, calling himself their "ally".

The former immigration minister Barbara Roche, who is Jewish, told i: "To see the party that I love, and have spent all my adult life in, in this state is so distressing".

"Nobody should be vilified for opposing anti-Semitism".

The party has a backlog of more than 70 cases of alleged antisemitism, although groups reporting such allegations claim the figure is far higher.

"They need to hear you say, publicly and in your own voice, that we had every right to protest about anti-Semitism, and that Labour MPs had every right to support us; that our concerns about anti-Semitism are honest and not a "smear" as has been widely alleged". "We firmly believe that this must happen urgently, and certainly before we can meet".

Some Scottish Labour members suspect that the anti-semitism row is being exploited by Corbyn's critics to undermine his leadership.

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