Weekend of woe leaves Labour leader speechless
An event planned to take place at the Jewish Museum in which Jeremy Corbyn was to speak on antisemitism was cancelled. Labour officials had suggested to the museum that the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and a number of prominent rabbis would be present.
It later emerged that no such contact had been made.
In lieu of the speech, an article in Mr Corbyn’s name was published on the Guardian’s website at 5:30pm, appearing in the newspaper on Saturday.
The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council later revealed that Mr Corbyn’s office had contacted them to ask whether late Friday afternoon was an insensitive time to release the statement. They said it would be. Their advice was ignored.
In an interview released on Saturday night, Deputy leader Tom Watson urged Mr Corbyn to adopt the full IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of antisemitism and to drop internal investigations into Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin, both of whom had responded furiously to Labour’s muted reaction to the issue of Jew-hate.
Mr Corbyn’s Guardian article hadnot indicated that Labour would adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Jew-hate. Mr Watson warned that, unless the party took clear steps on the issue, it Telling it straight: Deputy leader Tom Watson warned the party that it risks disappea