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Tory apology for Labour antisemitism jibe

Billy Greening, a Conservative councillor from Sussex, reportedly shouted "For the many, not the Jew" at Owen Jones and other Labour campaigners

    Councillor Billy Greening, left, has apologised for confronting a group of Labour Party campaigners (Photo: PA Images)
    Councillor Billy Greening, left, has apologised for confronting a group of Labour Party campaigners (Photo: PA Images)

    A Conservative councillor has apologised for shouting “for the many, not the Jew” at a group of Labour Party activists in a London pub.

    Billy Greening, a district councillor from Horsham in Sussex, reportedly approached Guardian columnist Owen Jones, Huck Magazine editor Mike Segalov and Ash Sarkar, senior editor of Novara Media, in the Falcon pub in Battersea, South-West London on Saturday.

    The group of activists, who were campaigning for Labour, said Mr Greening then shouted “for the many, not the Jew” – a play on the party’s slogan under Jeremy Corbyn.

    Accusations of antisemitism have dogged the party under Mr Corbyn’s leadership. Last month’s Westminster protest against Jew-hate in Labour, organised by the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies, attracted more than 2,000 demonstrators.

    Apologising on Twitter, Mr Greening claimed he had tried to “provoke a reaction”, adding that he wished to have a discussion about the “situation” in the Labour Party.

    Mr Segalov, a Jewish Labour activist, told the Evening Standard he felt Mr Greening “did not really understand what he had done wrong”, while Mr Jones tweeted that “antisemitism isn’t funny”.

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