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Dudley MP Ian Austin faces disciplinary action in Labour anti-Semitism row

Dudley MP Ian Austin faces disciplinary action in Labour anti-Semitism row

The papers' attack, following a clash between Mr Corbyn's supporters and Labour MPs over the definition of anti-Semitism this week, is a declaration of war on the Labour leader.

When asked if he was just speaking out because he doesn't want Mr Corbyn leading the party, he told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "He was never my choice to lead the Labour party that's true, but what do people think?"

He has responded to protests by meeting with Jewish community leaders, reassuring Jewish activists that they are welcome in the party.

Confronting him in the Commons, she allegedly told him: "You're a f*****g anti-Semite and a racist".

He said: "Under the terms of the Parliamentary Labour Party rules there has to be respect between colleagues".

Mr Corbyn has repeatedly said anti-Semitism is wrong and it will not be tolerated in the party.

The spokesman added Mr Corbyn is "always prepared to sit down and discuss" the concerns of fellow MPs and that he is "implacably opposed to anti-Semitism".

Labour's shadow chancellor and strategist-in-chief John McDonnell was touring the airwaves this week offering assurances that Margaret Hodge would not be "disciplined" for her denunciation of Jeremy Corbyn.

"I feel very emotional, deeply depressed and nearly tearful", Labour lawmaker Margaret Hodge said after the meeting, according to Sky News.

Corbyn has been accused of promoting a one-sided pro-Palestinian rhetoric and has been repeatedly condemned for his ongoing failure, and seemingly half-hearted attempts to stamp out burgeoning anti-Semitism within the party.

On 5 September Labour MPs vote on an emergency motion calling for the party to adopt the full IHRA definition into its rulebook.

Labour approved the new code of conduct earlier this month, but critics say the party should adopt the complete definition from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and Labour's code has not included all that organisation's examples.

The issue was raised by Tory MP Helen Whateley, who noted how "31 member countries of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance have an agreed definition of anti-Semitism".

In response, Mrs May highlighted how "the Conservative Party has done that, but sadly the Labour Party does not agree".

"The next Labour government poses no threat of any kind whatsoever to Jewish people", the spokesman said.

"Even by Labour's low standards, ..."

He is also understood to have told Mr Lavery: "Under this leadership the Labour Party has become a sewer".

"I am angry about anti-Semitism and I am angry that the Labour party can't deal with it adequately".

Labour's code of conduct states explicitly that "anti-Semitism is racism", and goes on to say that "it is unacceptable in our party and in wider society".

Pressure is growing on Jeremy Corbyn to reconsider his position on anti-Semitism, after two senior members of his shadow cabinet suggested Labour's new code of conduct should be rewritten.

"Given the circumstances, I think it's appropriate therefore that they should go back and accept the global definition".

He called on the NEC to "reconsider" its decision, adding: "It seems obvious to me that we do need to rebuild trust with the Jewish community, and the place to start is by accepting a definition which is broadly accepted internationally".



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