EXCL Labour member suspended following 'Zionist' tweet at BBC journalist
A Labour party member has been suspended after a BBC journalist was accused of being a "Zionist" after she conducted a car crash radio interview with Jeremy Corbyn, PoliticsHome can reveal.
The jibe was made in a message posted from the @Labour_Insider Twitter account.
Among those who attacked the remark was Hollywood actor and Labour supporter Eddie Marsan.
The account is run by the blog of the same name, which was set up by Labour member Phillip Jones.
He has insisted that he did not personally post the offending tweet, which was the subject of a number of complaints to the Labour party.
One senior source said: "It was judged to be conduct prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the party.
"Phillip Jones has been suspended from the Labour party, pending an investigation."
In his interview with Ms Barnett on Radio Four's Woman's Hour yesterday, Mr Corbyn was unable to answer when asked how much Labour's plan to extend free childcare would cost.
The presenter then told her 55,000 Twitter followers that the interview had led to her being abused by the Labour leader's supporters.
Mr Corbyn later described the abuse as "unacceptable" and called on his supporters to stop it.
He said: "Under no circumstances whatsoever should anyone throw personal abuse at anyone else because they’re doing the job that they’re employed to do. And I will not tolerate it under any circumstances."
Labour has been dogged by anti-Semitism rows over the past two years, with several party members – including former London mayor Ken Livingstone – being disciplined over the issue.
A Labour spokesperson said: "The Labour party takes all allegations of abuse and anti-Semitic behaviour seriously. As Jeremy Corbyn made clear at the launch of Labour’s Race and Faith Manifesto, we will not tolerate it under any circumstances."