Jewish hate row could hit Labour chances – McDon­nell

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

SHADOW Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell has ad­mit­ted he wor­ries the is­sue of anti-Semitism within Labour may have im­pacted on the party’s chances of win­ning the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Mr McDon­nell main­tained his party has “done ev­ery­thing we can pos­si­bly do”, but “wants to learn more lessons”.

He added that there were only “a small num­ber” of anti-Semites in the Labour Party, and that Labour has “started kick­ing them out in num­bers”.

His com­ments were made on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yes­ter­day af­ter a Sun­day Times re­port claimed Labour is still over­whelmed with com­plaints about anti-Jewish racism that have been left un­re­solved for months or years.

A Labour Party spokesper­son said: “All of these in­di­vid­u­als are ei­ther ex­pelled or sus­pended, and these claims about num­bers of cases are cat­e­gor­i­cally un­true.”

Mr McDon­nell de­scribed the is­sue of anti-Semitism as “horrible”.

Asked whether if Labour loses the up­com­ing Gen­eral Elec­tion, anti-Semitism will have been part of the rea­son, he said: “I worry that this has had its ef­fect, and we’ve done ev­ery­thing I think we can pos­si­bly do.

“We’ve apol­o­gised to the Jewish com­mu­nity.”

Mean­while, the Con­ser­va­tive Party chair­man James Clev­erly has apol­o­gised for Is­lam­o­pho­bia in his party.

Mr Clev­erly said he is “sorry” for the cases in­volv­ing both Tory mem­bers and can­di­dates, but that he is “con­fi­dent” there is now “a ro­bust mech­a­nism” in place to deal with the is­sue.

He added that an in­quiry into Is­lam­o­pho­bia will be ini­ti­ated this cal­en­dar year and take place next year, with prepara­tory work al­ready un­der way.

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