The Jewish Labour Movement organisation have passed a vote of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party. There were speeches made by Labour MPs Margaret Hodge, Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman before the members of the movement almost unanimously agreed with the motion of no confidence.
Tom Watson, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“I hear the message the Jewish Labour Movement and the Jewish community are sending our party. We have utterly failed to deal with antisemitism in our ranks. It’s unacceptable and shameful. I reiterate my personal commitment as deputy leader to use all my powers to rid our party of this scourge.”
Marc Wadsworth has been expelled from the Labour Party after it was agreed by the National Constitutional Committee that he had brought the party into disrepute. Wadsworth had caused Ruth Smeeth, the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, to be reduced to tears after he had accused her of working with the Daily Telegraph.
Smeeth said in a statement:
“Abuse, bullying and intimidation have no place in our movement, as today’s announcement has proven. I hope that this decision represents the first step towards a return to the values of decency and respect throughout the Labour Party”.
Wadsworth rejected the party’s decision, saying:
“We all know that there’s been a concerted effort by disgruntled elements within the parliamentary Labour Party that will simply not accept Jeremy Corbyn as their leader”.