A leaked hard drive of e-mails and documents and a secret recording of a meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and Campaign Against Antisemitism’s honorary patron, Dame Margaret Hodge, have proven once and for all that Mr Corbyn and his team have intervened in hundreds of antisemitism cases in the Labour Party whilst lying that they would “never” interfere. The revelations are made in pages of analysis in today’s Sunday Times.
In the secretly-recorded meeting between Dame Margaret, Mr Corbyn, and his political secretary, Amy Jackson, both Ms Jackson and Mr Corbyn repeatedly claim that they would “never” interfere in complaints of antisemitism in the Labour Party and would not even normally see them. Mr Corbyn assures Dame Margaret: “I don’t involve myself in a complaint at all”. Yet in numerous leaked e-mails, staffers intercede in the name of “LOTO”, which stands for Leader of the Opposition, and in one e-mail, Mr Corbyn’s chief of staff, Karie Murphy, wrote: “I think it’s important for Amy Jackson to have an overview of all complaints that involve elected politicians or candidates.”
As for how Mr Corbyn secretly used his influence, it is clear that it was to block or delay disciplinary cases against antisemites, according to the files leaked to The Sunday Times.
Revelations include that:
- Mr Corbyn’s office has intervened in over 100 antisemitism cases.
- “Heil Hitler”, “F*** the Jews” and “Jews are the problem” are online comments for which Labour members were not expelled.
- A Councillor in Lancashire was readmitted to the Party after claiming that when ranting about “Jewish” media attacks and the Rothschild family, she meant “Jewish” as a “blanket term of description without any racist connotations”.
- A trade union official was readmitted despite posting online that “Jewish Israelis” were behind the 9/11 terrorist atrocities.
- Thomas Gardiner, a key ally of Mr Corbyn, prevented the fast-tracking of a complaint about a Party member who condemned two Jewish Labour MPs as “s***-stirring c*** buckets”.
- A council candidate was let off without any action because he “is a candidate”, after claiming that Jewish Labour MPs were “Zionist infiltrators”.
- In one tracking spreadsheet for antisemitism cases, it was evident that 53% of cases were unresolved and in 249 cases the Party had not even started an investigation.
- Most cases reported even by Labour MPs remain unresolved or have been dismissed.
The revelations add to the existing plentiful evidence that Mr Corbyn instructed his team to interfere in antisemitism cases.
Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, the Shadow Attorney general who was awarded her position after clearing the Labour Party of antisemitism, remarkably reacted by pleading with Jews to remain in the Party, saying that Mr Corbyn is “just one person — he won’t be leader forever”.
A Labour spokesperson told The Sunday Times: “These figures are not accurate…Lines have been selectively leaked from emails to misrepresent their overall contents. Former staffers asked the Leader’s Office for their help with clearing the backlog of cases. This lasted for a few weeks while there was no general secretary, and was ended by Jennie Formby [now in that role].”
Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and a liar. He and his team have claimed ‘never’ to have interfered in disciplinary cases, but there is hard evidence of that happening over 100 times. The contents of the leaked hard drive show concrete proof that Mr Corbyn and his acolytes have been working hard to ensure that Jew-haters can stay in the Labour Party and spread their venom. Mr Corbyn and his allies are the racist rot at the heart of the once proudly anti-racist Labour Party. The fight from within is lost: the Labour Party is now the vehicle for Mr Corbyn and his bigoted Jew-hating allies. That is why Campaign Against Antisemitism made our formal referral and legal submissions to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party as a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.”
In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.
Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite.