Top Labour MP in ‘anti-Semitic’ mes­sages group

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ONE of Jeremy Cor­byn’s shadow cabi­net min­is­ters is a mem­ber of a con­tro­ver­sial Labour sup­port­ers’ Face­book page on which anti-Semitic posts are be­ing shared.

An­drew Gwynne, the shadow hous­ing sec­re­tary, was listed as a mem­ber of the “Labour Sup­port­ers” page on the site late last week.

The Labour MP for Den­ton and Red­dish said he would seek to re­move his name from the group af­ter he was ap­proached by The Sun­day Tele­graph.

Posts on the site seen by the Tele­graph in­clude one on Friday which said “Jews will pay 7 times more for their sins – Is­lam will unite the re­li­gious world”.

An­other, posted on Wed­nes­day, said that “an­tiSemitism is much less of a prob­lem on the Bri­tish Left than the Bri­tish Right”. Pur­port­edly quot­ing an Ox­ford aca­demic, it added: “I think the real is­sue in the Labour Party for Jeremy Cor­byn is that Right-wing Jews in the Labour Party and out­side the party ob­ject to the fact that Jeremy Cor­byn is a con­sis­tent sup­porter of Pales­tinian rights.”

An­other post, from April 4, showed a gun­man in a Star of David sym­bol, with the words “Pales­tinian Holo­caust”.

Labour MP John Mann, a cam­paigner against an­tiSemitism in the party, said Mr Gwynne had to re­move his name from the mem­ber­ship as soon as pos­si­ble, adding that any MP on the site should “get off straight away”.

A spokesman for Mr Gwynne said the MP would seek to get his name re­moved. A party spokesman said: “An­drew Gwynne was added to the group with­out his knowl­edge, has never posted in it, and has not fol­lowed its con­tent. These groups are not run by the Labour Party or of­fi­cially con­nected to the party.”

Separately, the depth of the split in Labour’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee over anti-Semitism was laid bare in min­utes that re­port­edly show key sup­port­ers of Mr Cor­byn at­tempt­ing to block ac­tion against Labour mem­bers fac­ing com­plaints. Jon Lans­man, Mo­men­tum’s founder, and the MP Jon Trick­ett voted to limit dis­cidisci plinary ac­tion in three con­tentious cases that went to a vote, sources told the Guardian. Nei­ther man would com­ment to the news­pa­per.

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