Sir Keir Starmer: Labour has duty to tackle anti-Semitism

Category : UK News
Updated On : July 11, 2019 02:03 AM
By Indian Times Daily

Labour has "a duty to do whatever is necessary" to tackle anti-Semitism in the party, says Sir Keir Starmer. The shadow Brexit secretary said three peers who quit the party over the issue were "not alone".

But he said, it was up to Labour to make changes so party members "feel they can return with confidence". Lord Triesman, Lord Darzi and Lord Turnberg all resigned the whip citing accusations of anti-Semitism within Labour.

Lord Triesman - the general secretary of the Labour Party for two years under Tony Blair - accused the party's leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and "his circle" of being anti-Semitic. And he said they had "never once made the right judgement call about an issue reflecting deep prejudice".

A Labour spokeswoman said it "completely rejects these false and offensive claims". She added that, at "all levels", the party was "implacably opposed to anti-Semitism and is determined to root out this social cancer from our movement and society".

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