I’m a hate-fest vic­tim, says MP

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

ONE OF the com­mu­nity’s big­gest al­lies in par­lia­ment says he is be­ing tar­geted by a “hate fest” or­gan­ised by a fel­low Labour MP.

John Mann missed Sun­day’s Jewish Labour Move­ment con­fer­ence be­cause “some mem­bers of my lo­cal party are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Wil­liamson/Walker hate­fest where they will be tar­get­ing me to­day”.

This refers to a se­ries of events or­gan­ised by Chris Wil­liamson, one of Mr Cor­byn’s big­gest de­fend­ers in par­lia­ment who has de­fended those ac­cused of an­tisemitism.

He has ap­peared along­side Jackie Walker, the party mem­ber who is sus­pended over al­le­ga­tions of an­tisemitism.

In a let­ter to JLM, Mr Mann said: “(At­ten­dees in­clude) those who say that I am ‘loyal to a for­eign power’ and ‘paid by the Jews’. I will be cel­e­brat­ing their at­ten­dance by

Ab­sent: John Mann re­fer­ring them for ex­pul­sion.” Mr Mann, who chairs the All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on an­tisemitism, re­it­er­ated his call for Jewish Labour MPs be au­to­mat­i­cally re-se­lected as can­di­dates in the next elec­tion, in the face of threats of de-se­lec­tion by proCor­byn party mem­bers.

He added “the bru­tal­ity and the con­sis­tency of the racism” di­rected against Jewish Labour MPs Luciana Berger, Dame Louise Ell­man, Ruth Smeeth and Dame Mar­garet Hodge “demon­strates that the Labour Party is now be­com­ing an in­sti­tu­tion­ally racist party, with sev­eral thou­sand openly racist mem­bers all claim­ing to act in the name of Jeremy Cor­byn”.

“Labour stands at a cross­road. A fail­ure to tackle this in­sipid racism will mean that the party no longer de­serves to ex­ist and will slowly and painfully die,” he said in his let­ter. Labour MPs who have crit­i­cised Mr Cor­byn have long faced the threat of be­ing de-se­lected as par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates.

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