Diane Abbott's constituency in antisemitism row

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott has represented Hackney North & Stoke Newington since 1987. Image: Diane Abbott/Facebook

Friday, March 1, 2019

Diane Abbott's constituency has come under fire for allegedly passing a motion implying that allegations of institutional antisemitism within the party are false.

Hackney North CLP reportedly voted to pass the motion 45 votes to 35 in a move that was branded an “utter disgrace” by one member.

The controversy comes after Derby North MP Chris Williamson was suspended by the party for claiming Labour had been “too apologetic” over antisemitism earlier this week.

 

 

The motion said: “[The CLP] notes with increasing alarm the acceptance of the ‘fact’ that the Labour Party is ‘institutionally anti-semitic’ by not only the media, but the right wing of the PLP.

“We call upon the NEC to release a statement firmly rejecting the accusation that Labour is in any way ‘institutionally racist’, making it clear that Labour and its current leader have a proud record of fighting racism.”

The motion also calls on Labour's ruling NEC to allow party members to deselect MPs who "slander the party and its members whilst we put them in office."

 

Labour has 'lost its moral compass'

 

 

 

The motion has been met with strong criticism from party members and MPs.

Labour Against Antisemitism spokesperson Euan Philipps told talkRADIO the motion was “just another example of a party that has completely lost its moral compass.”

He added: “That the testimony of Jewish members in the room was seemingly ignored only underlines how apparently blind and insensitive the party membership has become to understanding racial hatred against Jews.

“This is a constituency with a significant Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and Ms Abbott is again completely failing to stand up for them.”

In a statement on Twitter, Springfield Labour chair Patrick Moȗle said: “I feel ashamed and bereft that my political home of over a decade has sunk so low.”

Hackney North CLP and Ms Abbott's office have been approached for comment.