Welsh Labour MP's sadness over anti-Semitism claims

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigns for Lisa Forbes in Peterborough England

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigns for Lisa Forbes in Peterborough England

The BBC quoted an email from Milne telling Labour's internal complaints team that "something's going wrong, and we're muddling up political disputes with racism".

Emails from May 2018 show Formby sought to influence the selection of the panel for a disciplinary hearing for a party member accused of making racist comments on social media.

"Something's going wrong and we're muddling up political disputes with racism", he reportedly wrote.

According to Mike Creighton, Labour's former head of disputes, Mr Milne "laughed" down his suggestion that Mr Corbyn make speech on the Middle East which defended Israel's.

"It must have taken great courage for them to whistleblow and for them to have to call out our core practices I think is deeply sad - and actually deplorable that we would just dismiss them as in some way sort of disaffected", he said.

"The National Constitutional Committee can not be allowed to continue in the way that they are at the moment, and I will also be challenging the panel for the Jackie Walker case", Formby wrote in an email that was sent to a handful of top party officials, including Corbyn and Milne.

A BBC program probing anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has sparked a furious response from the party, which denounced the report and its producer, who directed an earlier program smearing party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as biased.

A Labour spokesman accused the broadcaster of "pre-determining" the outcome of its investigation.

Labour said the accusations were "deliberate and malicious misrepresentations created to mislead the public".

"We stand in solidarity with Jewish people, and we're taking decisive action to root out anti-Semitism from our movement and society".

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He said: "The programme adheres to the BBC's editorial guidelines".

Ware, the Party claims, has "clearly and publicly already made up their mind on the issue of Labour and anti-Semitism". These disaffected former officials include those who have always opposed Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, worked to actively undermine it, and have both personal and political axes to grind.

The significance of the email from Seumas Milne is that it showed one of the most powerful figures in the Labour Party expressing concern about the handling of anti-semitism complaints and suggesting the wider process should be reviewed.

A 2015 Panorama episode Ware produced on Corbyn made false claims and was widely denounced as a "hatchet job", while a 2005 program Ware produced about British Muslims was slammed as "McCarthyite" and "disgusting" - the latter by a former Panorama journalist. It was a seriously inaccurate, politically one-sided polemic, which breached basic journalistic standards, invented quotes and edited emails to change their meaning.

A group of eight former Labour officials have come forward to accuse party chief Jeremy Corbyn and his closest aides of systemically interfering in efforts to address anti-Semitism within the British party.

A Labour source said: "We've had a number of questions put to us by the Panorama team and we've answered them fully and extensively".

Imagine if they employed some of the most expensive lawyers in Britain to tackle the people responsible for racism and not the people exposing it.

In addition, he said members of the party's National Executive Committee and shadow cabinet should see Labour's submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

How many slaps on the wrist, we are left wondering after Wednesday's Panorama, would in fact have been goodbye waves had the likes of Seamus Milne and Jennie Formby not elbowed their way into the process in the way they did?

"But we have all got a responsibility, a collective responsibility, and I think we have got to take decisive action".

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