Pro-Is­rael pair ousted in reshuf­fle


LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Cor­byn’s reshuf­fle of his front­bench team saw two lead­ing supporters of Is­rael dumped from the shadow cab­i­net.

Michael Dugher, a Labour Friends of Is­rael vice-chair, was re­moved as Shadow Sec­re­tary of State for Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport on Tues­day morn­ing.

Pat McFad­den, Shadow Europe Min­is­ter, fol­lowed later. Both men were said to have been sacked as a re­sult of crit­i­cal com­ments they had made about Mr Cor­byn’s lead­er­ship.

A se­ries of ju­nior shadow min­is­ters later re­signed from their roles in protest at Mr McFad­den’s re­moval.

A lead­ing op­po­nent of his party’s ap­proach to Is­rael, Mr Dugher said fol­low­ing last May’s gen­eral elec­tion that a com­bi­na­tion of “ne­glect” and “in­com­pe­tence” had led Labour to “mis­han­dle” its re­la­tion­ship with the Jewish com­mu­nity.

The de­par­ture of the two men has stripped Mr Cor­byn’s team of al­most all pro-Is­rael fig­ures. It can now count for­mer LFI di­rec­tor Lu­ciana Berger, and deputy leader Tom Watson — vice-chair of Trade Union Friends of Is­rael — as the only solid supporters of the coun­try.

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