Left-wing Labour group whose president is John McDonnell puts activist Jackie Walker on its board despite her suspension over anti-Semitism allegations
- Jackie Walker has joined the board of the Labour Representation Committee
- Left-wing LRC has shadow chancellor John McDonnell as honorary president
- Walker has been suspended by Labour over anti-Semitism claims since 2016
A left-wing Labour group which has John McDonnell as its president has appointed an activist suspended over anti-Semitism claims to its board, it emerged today.
Jackie Walker – who claimed the Jews were the ‘chief financiers’ of the slave trade – was handed the leadership role by the Labour Representation Committee (LRC), The Times revealed.
She has been suspended from Labour since since 2016 and her case is not due to be finally resolved until March 26.
Jackie Walker (file image) – who claimed the Jews were the ‘chief financiers’ of the slave trade – was handed the leadership role by the Labour Representation Committee (LRC)
A left-wing Labour group which has John McDonnell (file image) as its president has appointed an activist suspended over anti-Semitism claims to its board, it emerged today
The LRC is a controversial pressure group on the far left wing of the Labour Party that opposes the internationally accepted definition of anti-Semitism.
The shadow chancellor is the group’s honorary president and spoke at its conference last weekend.
The Jewish Labour Movement, an affiliated Labour Party grouping, said: ‘John McDonnell should distance himself from the LRC.’
A Labour spokesman said: ‘John has no day to day involvement in the operation of the LRC and is not responsible for the views of individuals who have participated in LRC events.
‘He has repeatedly condemned all anti-Semitism.’
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It emerged earlier this week that Labour has expelled just 12 members for anti-Semitism after almost 700 accusations against party members.
Party general secretary Jennie Formby released the figures to MPs on Monday a week after infuriating them by saying racism was impossible to eradicate entirely.
Labour insisted the number of anti-Semites found equate to less than 0.1 per cent of members.
But the figures are likely to fuel claims amid some Labour MPs that leader Jeremy Corbyn has been too slow to react to the anti-Semitism crisis.
The new figures relate only to the period April 2018 to January 2019 and Ms Formby admits the party did not record data before this.
Of the group, 96 members were immediately suspended and 146 received a written warning
Another 220 cases were dismissed because of a lack of evidence, and 211 were issued with a ‘Notice of Investigation’.
A total of 42 party members were referred to Labour’s quasi-judicial National Constitutional Committee, with five leaving before their case was heard.
Of the 18 NCC decisions which have been made so far, 12 members have been expelled, six were sanctioned and the rest are waiting a decision.
Party general secretary Jennie Formby (file) released the figures to MPs on Monday a week after infuriating them by saying racism was impossible to eradicate entirely
Timeline of anti-Semitic scandals which have erupted under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership
Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) has been accused of failing to tackle the racism among his supporters
The anti-Semitism scandal has dogged Labour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader in 2015.
Here is a timeline of the controversies:
Labour MP Naz Shah is suspended for anti-Semitic posts – including one in which she appeared to endorse calls for Israelis to be deported to the US.
She apologised and was given a formal warning.
Ken Livingstone goes on the radio to defend Ms Shah – but sparks fresh controversy by claiming that Hitler supported Zionism.
He is suspended by Labour but refuses to apologise and has repeated the claim many times.
He eventually quits Labour two years later, saying his suspension has become a distraction.
A two-month inquiry by civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti finds that Labour is not overrun by anti-Semitism.
But the launch is overshadowed when Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth flees it in tears after being accused by Corbyn supporter Marc Wadsworth of colluding with the press.
Critics accuse the report of being a whitewash and Ms Chakrabarti is widely criticised for accepting a peerage from Jeremy Corbyn shortly afterwards.
The Home Affairs Select Committee says Labour is guilty of incompetence over its handling of anti-Semitism and of creating a safe space for people with ‘vile attitudes towards Jewish people’.
It is revealed that Jeremy Corbyn defended an artist who painted an anti-Semitic mural and said the offensive art should be removed.
He apologises saying he did not properly look at the picture before he made the post.
Jewish leaders take the unprecedented step of holding a demonstration outside Parliament protesting Mr Corbyn’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism.
Several Labour MPs address the crowds.
Marc Wadsworth is expelled from Labour after being accused of anti-Semitism.
Meanwhile, Labour Jewish MPs tell of the anti-Semitic abuse they have suffered in a powerful parliamentary debate – and round on their leader for failing to tackle it.
The Labour leadership sparks fresh anger by failing to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism
Peter Willsman, a strong ally of Jeremy Corbyn, is secretly taped ranting that Jewish ‘Trump fanatics’ invented the anti-Semitism storm engulfing Labour.
In an angry diatribe at a meeting of Labour’s ruling executive committee, he said he was ‘amazed’ there was evidence party members hated Jews.
He claimed ‘some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump – they are Trump fanatics’ before shouting: ‘So I am not going to be lectured to by Trump fanatics making up duff information without any evidence at all.’
Jeremy Corbyn issues a video insisting he is committed to tackling the racism – but it is panned by Jewish leaders.
Corbynistas mount a social media campaign to get deputy Labour leader Tom Watson to quit after he criticises the party’s handling of anti-Semitism.
The Daily Mail exclusively publishes photos of Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath at a ceremony where a terrorist linked to the Munich massacre was honoured.
The Labour leader insists he was there to honour others killed – but faces fresh calls to quit over the scandal.
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