Margaret Hodge says Labour disciplinary felt 'like being a Jew in the 30s' and says 'cult of Corbynism' is 'scary'

Margaret Hodge says Labour disciplinary felt 'like being a Jew in the 30s' and says 'cult of Corbynism' is 'scary'

Friday, August 17, 2018

Margaret Hodge has said that the Labour Party pursuing disciplinary action against her felt like being “a Jew in Germany in the Thirties”, and compared Corbyn’s followers to a “cult”.

In an interview with Sky News, she also said Jeremy Corbyn should adopt the full definition of anti-Semitism set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Hodge was informed the action was being taken after she called Corbyn “an anti-Semite and a racist” over his managing of disputes between Labour and the Jewish community, but the action was later dropped, and she has always maintained she did nothing wrong.

“On the day that I heard they were going to discipline me and possibly suspend me… I kept thinking, what did it feel like to be a Jew in Germany in the 30s?” she said.

“It felt almost as if they were coming for me

“When I heard about the disciplinary, my emotional response resonated with that feeling of fear that clearly was… what my father felt when he came Britain.”


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Hodge said Corbyn was, on her opinion, on the “wrong side” of the line when it came to anti-Semitism.

“There’s a very fine line between being pro-Palestinian… and being anti-Semitic, and I think he’s gone the wrong side of that line,” she said.

“I think it’s a bit scary as well, whether it’s Trump, whether it’s Boris Johnson, whether it’s the cult of Corbynism.”

She added that Labour should adopt the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, which they do not currently do. “Of course he’s got to accept the definition. But even if he does that tomorrow, that will only be the start of rebuilding trust with the Jewish community,” she said.