U.K. Labour Party 'Taken Action' to Block anti-Semites From Voting in Leadership Election

There is an ongoing internal investigation into alleged anti-Semitic and abusive messages on social media from supporters of leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn.

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Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a Channel 4 News, Labour leadership TV hustings in central London on September 1, 2015
Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a Channel 4 News, Labour leadership TV hustings in central London on September 1, 2015Credit: AFP, Leon Neal

The U.K. Labour Party claims it has "taken action" to block anti-Semitic or racist members from voting in its leadership campaign.

“The Labour Party condemn all forms of discrimination and abuse,” Labour said in a statement issued on Monday. "We have taken action to prevent anyone voting in our leadership election whom we have evidence of being anti-Semitic or racist and we have a robust process of vetting to ensure only those who share and support Labour aims and values can participate in this election, ” it continued.

According to U.K. newspaper Jewish News, the party will not clarify how many people have been blocked from voting.

The statement comes amidst an ongoing investigation into messages sent to Labour Member of Parliament John Mann, who says he has suffered “vicious anti-Semitic abuse” at the hands of suspected supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

Mann has chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism for ten years and received messages via Twitter and email referring to him as ‘utter filth’ and a ‘Zionist stooge’.

Veteran MP Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has been dogged by controversy over alleged links to Holocaust deniers and Islamic extremists, and accusations of attracting a disproportionate number of anti-Semitic backers.

Corbyn last week responded to allegations of racism and anti-Semitism, saying they were “disgusting and deeply offensive”. He cited the inspiration of his parents standing side by side with Jews at the anti-Fascist Battle of Cable Street in 1936, and vowed to fight racism “until my dying day”.

He later told U.K. newspaper Jewish News: “Anyone who has been found by the party’s procedures committee to have been responsible for anti-Semitism should definitely be removed from the process of electing the leader.”

The Labour Party will announce its new leader on September 12.

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