Momentum activist accused Jewish Labour MP of using anti-Semitism to 'disgrace the left'

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15th September 2016

An activist backing Jeremy Corbyn accused Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman of using anti-Semitism in the party to “disgrace the left”, it has been claimed.

Labour has been gripped by rows over anti-Semitism in recent months
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Momentum activist Lynda Sergeant said the Liverpool MP, who is chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, was pushing the issue at local party meetings with a “martyred/victim look on her face,” according to The Times.

The paper claims a branch of the campaign group – set up to support Mr Corbyn – tried to stop an anti-Semitism investigation into three of its members after a complaint from a local councillor.

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One activist, Elizabeth Hayden, reportedly called for a “clear plan to stop the vote for an anti-Semitism investigation” at a constituency meeting in Liverpool.

In a text message, Ms Sergeant, apparently one of the three accused of anti-Semitism, is said to have written: “Can I suggest that we leave the anti-Semitism issue until after the local elections.

“Louise Ellman is ready for it to come up at every CLP and has that martyred/victim look on her face whenever it’s mentioned.

“I think it’s suiting her, shoring up her strategy to disgrace the left.”

A Liverpool Momentum spokesman told The Times: “Liverpool Momentum condemns anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms.

“We believe the allegations, which the party currently isn’t investigating, against three Labour members are unfounded and part of a factional strategy to smear perceived opponents.”

Jeremy Corbyn set up an inquiry into anti-Semitism in the Labour party headed by former Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti.

Critics branded her report, which said the party did not have an endemic problem, a "whitewash".