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Watch: Margaret Hodge speaks about being on the receiving end of antisemitism as a Labour MP

Dame Margaret Hodge has told a Commons debate on antisemitism how members of her family had been killed by the Nazis, and how on a visit to Auschwitz she saw a mound of suitcases including one which bore her uncle’s initials.

 

    Dame Margaret Hodge, the MP for Barking, described how she had joined the Labour Party in the 1960s because it was a party that stood up for minorities and against racism.

    “I never ever thought I would experience significant antisemitism as a member of the Labour party,” she said.

    “I have, and it has left me feeling an outsider in the party of which I’ve been a member for over 50 years… I have never felt as nervous and frightened as I feel today about being a Jew.

    “It feels that my party has given permission for antisemitism to go unchallenged. Antisemitism is making me an outsider in my Labour Party.”

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