Jeremy Corbyn to hold emergency shadow cabinet meeting over antisemitism

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Jeremy Corbyn to hold emergency shadow cabinet meeting over antisemitism

The Labour leader came under fire after a Panorama documentary claimed senior figures intervened in antisemitism complaints

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to face an emergency meeting of the Shadow Cabinet next week as the row over antisemitism intensifies.

The meeting, expected to be held next Monday, was announced at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP)

“The bottom line is we have got racists in our party and they are not being dealt with,” PLP chairman John Cryer told MPs, Sky News reported.

Corbyn came under fire from MPs and staff-members after a Panorama documentary claimed senior figures, such as communications chief Seumas Milne and general secretary Jennie Formby intervened in antisemitism investigations.

The documentary, which aired last week, was vigorously criticised by the party, with Corbyn claiming it contained “many, many inaccuracies” and accusing the BBC programme of adopting “a pre-determined position on its own website before it was broadcast”.

Labour’s bitter row over claims of antisemitism in the party intensified at the weekend, with Len McCluskey launching a scathing attack on deputy leader Tom Watson for criticising Formby over her handling of antisemitism cases while she undergoes cancer treatment.

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