Jewish Labour MP left in tears at launch of anti-Semitism report
A Jewish MP was left in tears at the launch of a report into anti-Semitism in the Labour party today after being accused of "working hand in hand" with a Conservative-supporting newspaper .
Ruth Smeeth was singled out by a member of the pro-Jeremy Corbyn campaign group Momentum as the Labour leader looked on.
Marc Wadsworth of the Momentum Black Connexions group had earlier been handing out a press release to journalists calling for the deselection of Labour MPs who want Mr Corbyn to resign.
He refused to give one to Ms Smeeth, the MP for Stoke-on-Trent, but she was passed a copy by Daily Telegraph journalist Kate McCann.
The anti-Semitism report was then launched by human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti and Mr Corbyn.
Its recommendations included: "Racial or religious tropes and stereotypes about any group of people should have no place in our modern Labour party."
During a question-and-answer session afterwards, Mr Wadsworth said: "I welcome this report you've been very brave Shami in refusing to raise the temperature of the witch hunt that has been going on in this anti-Semitism debate.
"I saw that the Telegraph handed a copy of a press release to Ruth Smeeth MP so you can see who is working hand in hand."
#222222" face="arial, sans-serif">A shocked Ms Smeeth shouted "how dare you" before walking out of the event. She was later said to be "in floods of tears".
Mr Corbyn had earlier condemned the Mr Wadsworth's press release, which calls anti-Corbyn MPs "traitors".
He said: "There should be no bad language used there should be no abuse used and I don't like the use of the word traitor either. I've sent out a statement this morning saying whatever the situation and the political debate in the party at the moment no abuse, no name calling, none of that kind of behaviour - I've made it absolutely clear to people who agree with me or don't, I am very very determined about that thanks for your question."
After the event, Mr Wadsworth denied that he was suggesting there was a "conspiracy" between Ms Smeeth and the Telegraph.
He added: "I'm a whole-hearted supporter of fighting anti-semitism and have been fighting against anti-semitism and racism all my life and will continue to be.