Week­end of woe leaves Labour leader speech­less

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FRI­DAY

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.

SATUR­DAY

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

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