Diane Abbott and Len McCluskey Deny Anti-Semitism Problem in the Labour Party

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Diane Abbott, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, and Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of the Unite trade union, have defended the Labour Party against criticism that it is anti-semitic.

Abbott said:

“It’s something of a smear against ordinary members to say the party has a problem with anti-Semitism”.

McCluskey, speaking on BBC Radio 5, said:

“The idea that there is an anti-Semitic crisis within the Labour Party is absolutely offensive but it is being used in order to challenge Jeremy Corbyn. Once the mood music of antisemitism dies down then next week there’ll be another subject”.

Speaking on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr Show, Mark Regev, Israel’s Ambassador in the UK, said:

“The left does have a proud history of fighting anti-semitism. But I think it doesn’t mean that elements of the left have always been immune to anti-Semitism. I think it’s crucial that leadership stands up and says this is unacceptable. Can you imagine someone in the Labour Party, you know, sharing a platform with someone who was an anti-black racist or someone who was homophobic and called for bad things, you know, hatred of homosexuals. Why can you share a platform with someone who is openly anti-Semitic”.