Equality watchdogs were sent a huge file alleging ‘endemic’ anti-Semitic behaviour in Labour and the party’s apparent ‘don’t care’ attitude to the problem.
The digital dossier – equivalent to 15,000 pages – was delivered by anti-Semitism campaigners to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, which is now considering whether to launch a full-scale inquiry into Labour.
Embarrassingly for Mr Corbyn, the files emerged as one of his own Shadow Ministers openly challenged the Labour leader over his handling of anti-Jewish prejudice by revealing her own 30-year-old daughter Ruby had now quit the party ‘in disgust’ – partly over his failure in dealing with anti-Semitism.
Embarrassingly for Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in Manchester on Friday), the files emerged as one of his own Shadow Ministers openly challenged the Labour leader over his handling of anti-Jewish prejudice
Mr Corbyn leaving his home on Thursday – he has been challenged by Shadow Health Minister Baroness Thornton after her own daughter quit the party ‘in disgust’ over his Brexit policy and the anti-Semitism row
Shadow Health Minister Baroness Thornton tweeted: ‘Well done @jeremycorbyn – the teenager who canvassed with you and for you in 2005 and who voted for you, has left the party in disgust at your failure to deliver party policy on Brexit and deal with anti-Semitism.
‘My daughter along with many others – heartbroken.’
The EHRC said yesterday that it had yet to decide whether to launch a full investigation into how the Labour Party handled claims of anti-Semitism.
But campaign group Labour Against Anti-Semitism revealed that it had submitted a detailed dossier involving over 15,000 screenshots taken from hundreds of Labour members ‘and officials’ promoting anti-Semitic views.
Group spokesman Euan Philipps said the file provided evidence of anti-Jewish racism on a massive scale within the party and a lack of commitment to deal with it.
Mr Philipps said: ‘Over the last two years, our team of dedicated volunteers has systematically collected and detailed evidence of Labour Party members promoting anti-Semitic views and tropes across a range of social media platforms.
‘This has all been reported to the party’s compliance team, in a format suggested by them and including a significant level of detail.’
But he claimed the response by the party had been ‘shocking and alarming’, with reports ignored and party members suspended for only weeks at a time.
‘Most distressing of all, reports containing the most appalling levels of racism have been given only the lightest reprimand.
‘The message again and again has been the same: we don’t care about this issue.’
Last night, Lady Thornton said she shared her daughter’s ‘frustration’ but said she did not intend to resign from Mr Corbyn’s front bench.
Responding to the dossier last night, a Labour spokesman said: ‘This has not been submitted to the party so we cannot establish whether or not these relate to party members.’
Mr Corbyn was rebuked by former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband (pictured in Washington on Wednesday), who said the Labour’s ‘uncritical foreword was not defensible’
They declined to comment on Baroness Thornton’s remarks.
In the latest anti-Semitic row to hit the party publicly, Mr Corbyn himself came under fire last week for having endorsed a book containing anti-Jewish ideas.
As a backbench MP in 2011, he wrote the foreword for a new edition of J. A. Hobson’s 1902 book Imperialism.
His aides said Mr Corbyn completely rejected the ‘anti-Semitic elements’ of the book.
But he was rebuked by former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who said the Labour’s ‘uncritical foreword was not defensible’.