The Jewish Labour Movement has condemned Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of the general election defeat, saying it “lies squarely with the party’s leadership” and urging him to resign immediately.
The Labour affiliate organisation also said it was “devastated” that Ruth Smeeth, its Parliamentary chair, was not re-elected in Stoke-on-Trent North.
The party suffered an historic defeat in the general election, losing 59 seats as the Conservatives secured an overall majority.
The JLM statement read: “Labour’s failure in this election lies squarely with the Party’s leadership. The public’s rejection of Corbyn as Prime Minister, the confused position on Brexit and its total failure to tackle anti-Jewish racism mean that the party must truly listen.
“We are devastated that our courageous Parliamentary chair, Ruth Smeeth was not re-elected. Ruth has represented the best of Labour over these past few years, unafraid and determined to hold the party’s leadership accountable for their failure to tackle antisemitism, despite the abuse she’s faced.
“Despite a decade of austerity, the risk of years of Brexit chaos and a nation hungry for political change, the public have rejected Labour and instead elected another Tory Government under the leadership of Boris Johnson.
“After this historic election defeat, Jeremy Corbyn must stand down immediately. His team and supporters who are responsible for Labour’s moral and political failures must take responsibility themselves for allowing five more years of Tory rule.
“After 99 years of unbroken affiliation to the Labour Party, the Jewish Labour Movement will continue our task of promoting our Labour and Jewish values of equality and social justice.
“Going forward, the Labour Party needs to think long and hard as to why we’ve suffered this devastating loss and how we can become a party that we can once again be proud to campaign for.”
Reacting to the result of the General Election, Marie van der Zyl, the president of the Board of Deputies, lauded the “historic achievement” of the Conservative Party.
She added that “history will not look kindly on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party”, accusing him of allowing antisemitism to “run amok”.