'There's no evidence anti-Semitic abuse online is coming from Labour party members', says Corbyn ally Chris Williamson

'There's no evidence anti-Semitic abuse online is from Labour party members', says Chris Williamson MP

Chris Williamson MP spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the accusations made against the party

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A key ally of Jeremy Corbyn has said there's no evidence to prove racist or anti-Semitic abuse online comes from members of the Labour pParty. 

It was announced on Tuesday the national executive committee had agreed to implement recommendations by the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) to combat alleged racism and anti-Semitism in Labour. 

The news comes after a string of controversies over the last 18 months which led to accusations of 'institutional' anti-Semitism within Labour.

But Chris Williamson, the MP for Derby North, said there was no conclusive proof that any of the abuse had originated from anyone within Labour itself.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I know some people have expressed anxiety, and the abuse online is unacceptable, but that isn’t from Labour party members.

"There’s no evidence as far as I’m aware [that] any of the abuse online is being perpetrated by them.

"The party national executive committees agreed tough new rules on racism, anti-Semitism, or any forms of bigotry, because hostility and prejudice have no place in the Labour Party.

"Indeed, if there is evidence it came from party members, they have no place in the Labour Party. Clearly we want all communities, faiths, people of no faith, to feel comfortable inside the party."

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