Labour gag sparks new anti-Semitism storm

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Harry Cole

LABOUR has sparked a fresh an­ti­Semitism furore as a chill­ing move to si­lence vic­tims from speak­ing out is ex­posed by The Mail on Sun­day.

Party bosses have warned any ac­tivist who pub­licly ac­cuses an­other mem­ber of anti-Jewish prej­u­dice risks be­ing dis­ci­plined and any for­mal com­plaints they have made could be dropped.

Any­one com­plain­ing is or­dered by the party’s Com­plaints Team to ‘en­sure you keep all in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to your com­plaint pri­vate and do not share it with third par­ties or the me­dia (in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia).’

It adds: ‘If you fail to do so, the party re­serves the right to take ac­tion to pro­tect con­fi­den­tial­ity, and we may be un­able to con­sider your com­plaint fur­ther. You may also be li­able to dis­ci­plinary ac­tion for breach of the party’s rules.’

Last night, Tory MP An­drew Percy said: ‘This is noth­ing more than the sort of gag­ging clause that Labour have re­peat­edly crit­i­cised.’

And the cam­paign group Labour Against Anti-Semitism added: ‘In­stead of tack­ling anti-Semitism, Labour is try­ing to in­tim­i­date and pun­ish those who are speak­ing out against it. We won’t be bul­lied and we won’t be si­lenced.’ Last night, Labour in­sisted it takes ‘all al­le­ga­tions of anti-Semitism ex­tremely se­ri­ously, which are fully in­ves­ti­gated in line with the party’s rules and pro­ce­dures’.

Cam­paign­ers last night blasted Labour af­ter a Cor­byn die-hard who made a sick jibe about cut­ting the throats of sup­port­ers of Is­rael was not ex­pelled from the party.

John Shaw made the Face­book slur in May but last night it emerged the party’s Com­plaints Team would take no ac­tion be­yond urg­ing him to tone down his on­line rants.

Mr Shaw, an of­fi­cial in the Eas­ing­ton Labour Party, County Durham, posted that any MP who was a mem­ber of the Labour Friends of Is­rael group should be ‘iso­lated by col­leagues and the mem­ber­ship’. When an­other user replied ‘cut the ties’ he wrote: ‘I’d pre­fer to cut else­where but close to where a tie goes!!!’ Mr Shaw did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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