A standing ovation – in defiance of parliamentary convention – followed Ruth Smeeth’s speech, in which the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North read a sample of the abuse aimed at her and insisted: “Enough really is enough.”
Smeeth, who said she had been “born into Labour as surely I was born into my faith”, read out a litany of the anti-Semitic insults levelled at her on a daily basis.
And she made it clear that many of those came from people under the banner of “JC for PM” while accusing her of being against the Labour leader. “How dare they reduce something so toxic and heinous to the level of political point-scoring?:” she asked.
Following Ms Berger’s speech, Ms Smeeth (Stoke-on-Trent North), could be seen crying and was comforted by her party colleague Wes Streeting (Ilford North).
In her speech, Ms Smeeth read out abuse before saying: “I stand here today to say that we will not be bullied out of political engagement, we are going nowhere and we stand and will keep fighting until the evils of anti-Semitism have been removed from our society.”