Labour peer threatens to quit over anti-Semitism

Posted On: 
21st March 2016
A senior Labour peer has threatened to quit the party unless Jeremy Corbyn makes “absolutely clear” that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated.

Lord Levy called on Mr Corbyn to issue an “categoric and specific” condemnation throughout the party.

The peer’s comments follow allegations of anti-Semitism within different ranks of the party.

Last month Labour's student wing launched an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club.

Last week, Vicki Kirby was suspended from the party again over posts, which included one stating 'who is the Zionist God? I am starting to think it may be Hitler'.

Another, from 2011, says: "What do you know about Jews? They've got big noses and support Spurs lol".

Lord Levy, who was formerly Tony Blair’s chief fundraiser, told Sky News yesterday: “Anti-Semitism in any political party cannot be tolerated. And it is for the [Labour] leadership to make that absolutely clear. If they don’t make that clear, then I will start to question myself and actually question my being a Labour peer and a proud member of the Labour party.

“Let us not narrow this down to a political party. Let us talk about anti-Semitism in the wider sense and [say] that there must be zero tolerance. Any form of anti-Semitism, no matter where it rears its ugly head, must be stopped.”

Lord Levy added: “Any person who joins the Labour party, or who is a member of the Labour party, who comes up with such vile comments as have been made by these two people who have now been expelled, and the problems there have been in Oxford, [should be] dealt with with immediacy.”