Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed Maureen Lipman CBE as “a very good actress” when asked by LBC to respond to comments that she made at Campaign Against Antisemitism’s rally demanding that the Labour Party hold Mr Corbyn to account over his failure to tackle antisemitism in the Party.
Ms Lipman attacked Mr Corbyn and his behaviour, fiercely criticising his decisions to associate with antisemites and turn a blind eye to their Jew-hatred.
Yesterday, 2,000 Jews and non-Jews converged from across the UK for a national demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism. The demonstration called for the Labour Party to act on a disciplinary complaint made against Mr Corbyn by Campaign Against Antisemitism.
Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s response to 2,000 people coming to his headquarters in the driving rain on a Sunday shows just how serious he is about tackling antisemitism in the Party. He has brushed the criticism off, repeated his dire platitudes about opposing antisemitism, and offered a meeting to Maureen Lipman. If he was serious about engaging with British Jews, he would have come to the demonstration yesterday to speak there, but instead he declined. It is clear that we can expect nothing of substance from Mr Corbyn and the decent people left in the Labour Party must insist that our complaint against him is now properly investigated and that he is held to account. We said we would return to Labour Party Head Office on 13th May if there was insufficient progress by then. Mr Corbyn’s statement makes that increasingly likely.”
— SussexFriendsIsrael (@SussexFriends) April 9, 2018
Maureen Lipman CBE tells yesterday’s CAA demonstration: “If @JeremyCorbyn is anti-racist, and I believe he thinks he is, he will have been given pause for thought when he heard the words of the Haggaddah: ‘In every generation there are those who rise up and seek to destroy us.’” pic.twitter.com/Jvi3JOLXtm
— Campaign Against Antisemitism (@antisemitism) April 9, 2018