Top Labour MP in ‘anti-Semitic’ messages group
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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