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70 Labour staffers submit evidence to antisemitism investigation

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter

Jeremy Corbyn has made Labour a "welcoming refuge" for antisemitism, a dossier submitted to Britain's human rights watchdog warns.

The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) claimed top officials were "ignoring, denying, relativising and accepting" the issue.

It accused the leader of "publicly supporting antisemites and antisemitic tropes" under a party "cast in his image” that is now “institutionally antisemitic".

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A Labour spokesperson responded by calling antisemitism "evil" and pointing out the party has reformed complaints procedures over the past year.

They added claims anyone had been instructed to lie were "categorically untrue" and that the number of outstanding cases was "not accurate".

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Around 70 current and former Labour staff have given evidence against the party's handling of antisemitism to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Labour is the second political party to have ever been probed by the watchdog, after the British National Party (BNP).

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The Jewish Labour Movement said that testimony it had compiled led it to believe that Labour had "made the political calculation that antisemitism is a price worth paying to maintain its internal party unity".

It said there are "no credible figures" for how many complaints are waiting to be dealt with.

In one of the complaint, one party member was reported to have said: "The only reason we have prostitutes in Seven Sisters is because of the Jews". Another party member reportedly "objected to 25 applications for membership from the ultra-orthodox Jewish community, and required home visits to these prospective members' houses".

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JLM said it became a "frequent occurrence" for Mr Corbyn's staff to ask to be copied into emails about antisemitism complaints, who then suggested or denied a sanction based on "ideas about the political persuasion of staff and the complainant".

One party official allegedly demanded batches of complaints to be uploaded onto USB sticks and delivered to Mr Corbyns staff office for them to "make recommendations" on further action.

The woman who was told to do so was also "instructed to lie to anyone who asked her where she was going, or what she was doing", the group said.

Last month Mr Corbyn was attacked by the UK's most senior Jewish leader, chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who said: "A new poison – sanctioned from the very top – has taken root in the Labour Party."

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