Shadow Cabinet minister calls for 'zero tolerance' approach to anti-Semitism

Shadow Cabinet minister calls for 'zero-tolerance' approach to anti-Semitism

Allegations of anti-Semitism have come back to haunt the Labour Party conference (pictured here)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A shadow cabinet minister has said Labour members who make anti-Semitic comments should be expelled under a “zero tolerance” approach.

The call by Jonathan Ashworth came as allegations of anti-Semitism came back to haunt the party during its conference in Brighton.

On Monday, during an address at a fringe meeting, an Israeli-American author called Miko Peled said the conference should be about freedom of speech and “discuss every issue, whether it’s the Holocaust, Palestine, the liberation, and the whole spectrum.”

The Daily Mail reported that Peled, who has been fiercely critical of Israel, appeared to make a direct comparison between Israel and Nazism, saying that Zionists weren't welcome at the event, just like Nazi supporters weren't.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain, the shadow health secretary condemned the remarks, saying he supported the Jewish Labour Movement's motion to impose tougher rules on anti-Semitism.

He told the ITV programme members who made anti-Semitic comments or remarks that denied the Holocaust should be promptly expelled from the Labour Party.

A Labour party spokesman made it clear anti-Semitism was condemned in the “strongest possible terms”, adding that the party does not tolerate Holocaust denial or anti-Semitism.