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.