Labour’s shame

March 17, 2016

Last summer, as Jeremy Corbyn was gliding serenely towards victory in the Labour leadership election, this newspaper asked him a series of questions about his associations with various antisemites.


Labour MPs attack government plans to stop councils boycotting Israel as ‘assault on local democracy’

By Marcus Dysch, March 16, 2016

Labour MPs have led a wide-ranging attack on the government’s plans to stop local councils and public bodies boycotting Israel.

They said guidelines unveiled by Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock last month, which leave authorities open to fines if they target Israel, were an attack on local democracy.


Labour suspends Vicki Kirby pending investigation

By Naomi Firsht and Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2016

The Labour Party has suspended Vicki Kirby pending an investigation into alleged antisemitic comments.

Ms Kirby was originally suspended from the party following comments on social media in 2014.

But she was subsequently selected as the vice-chair of Woking Labour Party’s executive committee last month, it was revealed this week.


Labour candidate dumped over ‘Hitler is Zionist God’ comment is elected as local party vice-chair

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

A former Labour parliamentary candidate who claimed Hitler might be a “Zionist God” and claimed Daesh should attack Israel appears to have been reappointed to a leading position in her local party.


Labour kicks 'sickening' activist out

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

Labour has excluded from the party a Trotskyite whose website carries a series of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories.

Gerry Downing was thrown out on Wednesday night following complaints that he had been re-admitted as a member.

He had been let back in to the party recently by its national executive committee after he appealed against being expelled last year.


Small comfort

March 9, 2016

It was, of course, important and right that Gerry Downing should have been expelled from the Labour Party. But it is simply bizarre that he should ever have been readmitted in the first place — and that says much about the party under Jeremy Corbyn.


Labour challenged over readmitting party member whose website carries antisemitic articles

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

A Labour Party member who was readmitted by its national executive committee runs a website which carries a number of antisemitic articles.

Gerry Downing runs the Socialist Fight group, which has defended Daesh and posted an article which stated: "Why Marxists must address the Jewish Question".


Sadiq Khan – 'Why I changed my mind about boycotts'

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2016

Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has explained why he switched from lobbying for sanctions against Israel to opposing boycotts of the country.

The JC revealed yesterday that Mr Khan had repeatedly called on ministers to impose sanctions in 2009, despite using his campaign for City Hall to claim he had consistently opposed such moves.


Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan ‘called for sanctions against Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2016

Sadiq Khan regularly lobbied for sanctions against Israel when his party was in government, despite using his London mayoral campaign to claim he had consistently opposed such moves.

The Labour candidate had contacted leading politicians including David Miliband, who was then Foreign Secretary, in an effort to have measures imposed against Israel.


Labour inquiry attacked over cover-up concerns

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2016

A new investigation ordered by the Labour Party will attempt to resolve claims against left-leaning students at Oxford University.

But Jewish groups have called on the party to ensure the fresh inquiry focuses on allegations of antisemitism, rather than looking into suggestions of an alleged smear campaign against two Labour-supporting students.