Jeremy Corbyn hit by fresh storm over John Mann 'summons'

Posted On: 
28th April 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has been condemned after John Mann was summoned before Labour bosses for calling Ken Livingstone a "Nazi apologist".

Jeremy Corbyn is under fresh pressure over anti-Semitism
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Labour announced the move at the same time as they confirmed that Mr Livingstone had been suspended "for bringing the Party into disrepute" after he used the actions of Adolf Hitler to defend a Labour MP accused of anti-Semitism.

The statement added: "The Chief Whip has summoned John Mann MP to discuss his conduct."

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It follows a bust-up between the pair in Millbank near Westminster this morning.

But Labour's actions drew immediate criticism from former Shadow Culture Secretary Michael Dugher, who said Mr Mann should be "congratulated for standing up for decency in the Labour party".

The Barnsley East MP said announcing the action being taken against both men at the same time "is drawing some kind of moral equivalence between John Mann and Ken Livingstone".

He added: "The truth is yet again they've prevaricated because it was another of their close allies up to their necks in anti-Semitism again and we've had enough of this.

"Not only are they slow to act, but there's a lack of dignity in how they suspended him. They can't quite bring themselves to act on the anti-Semites within their own supporters.

"The Chief Whip should have refused to have that on the statement."


David Cameron waded into the row today during a question-and-answer session in Peterborough.

He said: "It is quite clear the Labour party has got a problem with anti-Semitism. I think they have got to recognise that anti-Semitism is like racism. It is unacceptable in a modern political party and every political party facing this problem has got to deal with it.

"And as I said to Jeremy Corbyn some weeks ago, when I was shouted down in the House of Commons with cries of 'disgracefu'l from the Labour benches, they’ve got a problem. It is now totally apparent that they have got a problem. And they have got to deal with it."