Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn (LAB – Islington North) has been embroiled in scandal once more after it has become known that he spoke to civil liberties Shami Chakrabarti (LAB – Peer) about the possibility of a peerage, before asking her to lead Labour’s review into antisemitism.
Jewish Labour MPs have been subject to appalling levels of abuse, including antisemitic death threats from individuals purporting to be supporters of Mr Corbyn.
-House of Commons Antisemitism Report
Chakrabarti attracted more criticism after it was revealed that with her new found House of Lords role, she voted in favour of the Investigatory Powers Bill – known as the Snoopers’ Charter – after slamming its predecessor during the Coalition as Director of civil rights organisation Liberty.
When Chakrabarti was nominated to take the Ermine, it was widely suggested that there was corruption in the form of “whitewashing for honours” over anti-semitism in Labour, especially considering the House of Commons’ recent report on antisemitism in the United Kingdom, which slammed MP Naz Shah (LAB – Bradford West) for suggesting that a solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict was to forcibly move all Israelis to the United States, and also said:
“While the Labour Leader has a proud record of campaigning against many types of racism, based on the evidence we have received, we are not persuaded that he fully appreciates the distinct nature of post-Second World War antisemitism.
“Unlike other forms of racism, antisemitic abuse often paints the victim as a malign and controlling force rather than as an inferior object of derision, making it perfectly possible for an ‘anti-racist campaigner’ to express antisemitic views.
“Jewish Labour MPs have been subject to appalling levels of abuse, including antisemitic death threats from individuals purporting to be supporters of Mr Corbyn.”
Pulse Politics has approached Preston Labour for comment.
Councillor Neil Darby (LIB – Ingol Ward), Parliamentary Spokesperson for Preston Liberal Democrats said,
“It’s a shame that we’ve seen such a previously staunch defender of civil liberties sell out so dramatically for her own personal gain. As people say, power corrupts.”