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EXCL Keir Starmer's constituency says Labour MPs used anti-Semitism row to 'attack' Corbyn

EXCL Keir Starmer's constituency says Labour MPs used anti-Semitism row to 'attack' Corbyn
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Activists in Keir Starmer's own constituency have accused some Labour MPs of using the party's anti-Semitism row to "attack" Jeremy Corbyn.

A motion passed last night by the Holborn and St Pancras constituency Labour party said Jewish people should never have to face discrimination.

But it added: "It is disappointing that some Labour MPs used this important issue to attack our party’s leadership."

Sir Keir, the Shadow Brexit Secretary, had earlier told the meeting that the issue had been discussed at yesterday's meeting of the Shadow Cabinet, and the tackling it was the responsibility of everyone on the party.

He also pointed to a joint-statement issued by Camden Labour MPs and the local council leader saying anti-Semitism "will not be tolerated" in the party.

It has also emerged that at the same meeting, Momentum members voted against Jeremy Corbyn's own words condemning anti-Semitism.

Baroness Thornton, a shadow health minister, tweeted that Jewish party members felt they had "a mountain to climb" in tackling the issue.

Mr Corbyn himself is under pressure to address Labour MPs today on how he plans to tackle the problem.

The Labour leader, who said on Monday that he was a "militant opponent of anti-Semitism", has been urged to attend a meeting of the party's Parliamentary Committee of backbench MPs.

The latest row to hit the party blew up last Friday after it emerged Mr Corbyn had opposed the removal of an anti-Semitic mural from a wall in east London.

That led to a mass demonstration led by Jewish community leaders in Parliament Square on Monday evening.

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