Labour will get a grip on anti-Semitism, says Tom Watson
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has said the party will “get a grip” on anti-Semitism following the suspension of Ken Livingstone on Thursday.
Labour was considering changes to its rules to send “a clear signal” of its “zero tolerance” towards anti-Semitism.
Mr Livingstone was suspended after claiming Hitler supported Zionism “before he went mad”.
Labour has been beset in recent weeks by growing claims of anti-Semitism within its ranks.
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said allegations must be dealt with “much more speedily in the future”.
Labour anti-Semitism row: Jeremy Corbyn to launch inquiry
Jeremy Corbyn is to hold an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, Labour says.
The inquiry, led by Shami Chakrabarti, former head of campaign group Liberty, will consult with the Jewish community and other minority groups, Labour said.
Mr Corbyn will also propose a new “code of conduct” on racism at Labour’s national executive committee in May.
It comes after Labour suspended MP Naz Shah and ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone amid anti-Semitism claims.
The code of conduct will include guidance on “acceptable behaviour and use of language”, Labour said.
Anti-Semitism row bolsters Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour foes
“There is a lot more in this anti-Semitism issue – a lot more. And the people we will take out are all close to Corbyn.”
That’s what a Labour MP confided to me more than a week before Naz Shah’s Facebook activities were exposed.
There is no suggestion that this particular MP was involved – and equally no suggestion that the shock felt by long standing Labour Party members at anti-Semitic comments by newer recruits is synthetic.
But for those opposed to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the week could hardly have gone better.
There is a consensus that anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is not widespread.
That contributed to Jeremy Corbyn’s unfortunate “crisis? What crisis?,” comments which suggested to some that he wasn’t serious enough about tackling a small but highly toxic problem before it became a big and highly toxic problem.
The Corbynista’s fight back, perhaps? http://www.change.org/p/jeremy-corbyn-mp-disciplinary-procedure-for-john-mann-mp