A Jewish Labour MP was alleged to have called Jeremy Corbyn an antisemite and racist last night after the party approved a new definition of antisemitism.
Labour’s national executive committee overrode the concerns of more than 65 senior British rabbis and the parliamentary party to wave through its proposed new rules on antisemitic behaviour in its ranks.
The veteran MP Dame Margaret Hodge was reported to have confronted Mr Corbyn outside the Commons chamber after the NEC meeting, telling him, according to sources quoted by HuffPost: “You’re an antisemite and a racist. You have proved you don’t want people like me in the party.”
Corbyn bites back?
Margaret Hodge faces ‘action’ over Corbyn anti-Semitism row
Labour MP Margaret Hodge faces “action” by the party after reportedly swearing at Jeremy Corbyn and calling him an “anti-Semite”.
A spokesman for the Labour leader said what had happened was “clearly unacceptable between colleagues”.
The alleged confrontation came after Labour adopted new guidelines on anti-Semitism, which were criticised by some Jewish leaders and some MPs.
The code of conduct was rubber-stamped by the executive committee on Tuesday.