Leading Donor Calls Corbyn's Circle Storm Troopers Ahead of Party Leadership Race

Michael Foster slams Labour's leader in the Mail Online after losing a court battle to overrule Corbyn's automatic candidacy in next month's leadership race.

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ahead of his speech during the Durham Miners' Gala on the old Racecourse in Durham, England, July 9, 2016.
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A leading Jewish donor to Britain's Labour Party likens Jeremy Corbyn's inner circle to Nazi storm troopers in a scathing column published by Mail Online on Sunday, ahead of a party leadership contest next month.

"Something is rotten. You are either with them, or you are labelled as being against them and so excluded, briefed against, often threatened and intimidated," Michael Foster writes, in a column titles "Why I despise Jeremy Corbyn and his Nazi stormtroopers."

Corbyn is expected to triumph in the September primary despite the troubles the party has had recently, including allegations that party members have publicly made anti-Semitic remarks.

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone and ex-parliament member Naz Shah were forced to resign in April for such remarks. Corbyn himself came under fire in June for a remark construed by Israeli politicians as comparing Israel with Islamist terrorist groups.

"The Corbynista dream of government is our nightmare," writes Foster, who has donated some 400,000 British pounds in the past few years to Labour.

"Corbyn and his leadership team have no respect for others and worse, no respect for the rule of law. They clearly have no moral compass."

He slams an inquiry conducted by Labour, whose findings issued in June has been accused of writing off gaffes against the Jews or Israel as a "series of unhappy incidents."

Foster's article follows a failure last month to prevent Corbyn's automatic placement on the party's leadership ballot.