Dame Louise Ellman condemns Jeremy Corbyn's 'shameful' time as Labour leader

Former MP fears he will not return to the backbenches quietly, adding he and his 'fellow travellers' should stand aside to ensure scourge of antisemitism is stamped out


Dame Louise Ellman has said Jeremy Corbyn should be remembered as a party leader who presided over a ''shameful period of Labour history'' which had the effect of ''horrifying Jewish people and disgusting many of the general population.''

Speaking to the JC ahead of Mr Corbyn's departure from the role at the weekend, the former Liverpool Riverside MP urged the party's new leader to ''decisively turn a new page and rid Labour of the propagators of antisemitism." 

Dame Louise - who quit the party she first joined 50 years ago ahead of the last General Election because she could not stomach Mr Corbyn as a possible Prime Minister - said she feared the outgoing leader would be unable to "recognise his culpability'' for the situation Labour now found itself in as he took his seat on the back-benches.

She said that she now "doubted very much" whether the Islington North MP would now sit quietly on the backbenches  to allow a new Labour leader to change the culture of the party.

Dame Louise said that it was not just Mr Corbyn but his "fellow travellers" who should move aside to properly defeat the scourge of antisemitism from with the ranks of the party.

Asked for her thoughts on Mr Corbyn's five year stint as party leader, Dame Louise said: “Jeremy Corbyn has presided over a shameful period of Labour history.

"He not only led Labour to its worst defeat since 1935, he was the leader of the Labour Party that permitted anti-Jewish racism to grow within its ranks horrifying Jewish people and disgusting many of the general population."

Dame Louise said she believed Mr Corbyn would be "remembered forever" for his failure on antisemitism and also for his record of allowing a "very very bad Tory government"  to win "overwhelmingly" in December 2019.

She added: “Assuming there is now a completely different sort of leader elected, then the members have already changed in their views.

"That is why they have elected X as the new leader. The members who have recognised the enormity of what has happened should now be supported.

"Anybody who doesn't now has to go."

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