Monday, 21 May 2018
Former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is 'disgusted' by party's failure to tackle anti-Semitism
'Former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is 'disgusted' by party's failure to tackle anti-Semitism
A former Labour Cabinet minister has spoken of his "disgust" at the party's failure to tackle its anti-Semitism problem
Jim Murphy stood down as Scottish Labour leader after losing his Westminster seat.
Jim Murphy said Labour had "no right" to ask Jewish voters for their support until it properly deals with the issue.
Speaking publicly for the first time since leaving the political frontline, he said: "The way in which anti-Semitism has been normalised in the darker recesses of the Labour party absolutely disgusts me. It's the one thing above all else that makes me angry about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.
"Jewish minorities in Britain should know that the established parties will stand by them at times of difficulty and not be part of the problem. There isn't a proper adjective to capture how angry I am about it."
Mr Murphy, who now works as an adviser to Tony Blair, said Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader had "given confidence" to left-wing anti-Semites.
"It's not good enough to be platitudinous," he said. "Labour has no right to ask for the votes of Jewish voters if it continues to harbour foul-mouthed anti-Semites of the sort I didn't think existed in the Labour party."'
More here https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/labour-party/jeremy-corbyn/news/95350/former-scottish-labour-leader-jim but obviously not on the BBC.