The Hackney North and Stoke Newington Constituency Labour Party voted in favour of a motion that rubbishes claims of anti-Semitism in Jeremy Corbyn’s embattled party, the Jewish Chronicle reports. The motion, which passed by 45 votes to 35, with 14 abstentions, left those that opposed it in floods of tears. The motion stated the Constituency Labour Party “notes with increasing alarm the acceptance of the ‘fact’ that the Labour Party is ‘institutionally anti-Semitic’ by not only the media, but the right wing of the PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party)”. It continued: “It is distracting people’s attention away from the calamitous consequences of the Tory Government’s continuing austerity and its disastrous handling of the Brexit issue as it nears the 29 March deadline.
“It is a scandal that we are allowing ourselves to be branded as a racist party.”
The motion also demanded Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) immediately implement ballot procedures in all constituencies to give party members the power to decide on the future of their MPs.
It further said: “It is unacceptable to allow our representatives to slander the party and its members whilst we put them into office.”
The move was branded “disgraceful” by Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy, who called on Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby to “investigate for the sake of all”.
She wrote on Twitter: “What on earth is going on in Hackney North Labour that such a motion can be put forward?”
Her outrage prompted a flurry of replies form social media users.
Patrick Moule, a Labour Party member, said: “Hackney North CLP passed this utter disgrace of a motion this evening, 45 votes to 35.
“Jewish members bravely spoke up and their lived experience was ignored and denied.
“I feel ashamed and bereft that my political home of over a decade has sunk so low.”
A Labour Party spokesman said that while anti-Semitism complains since April related to 0.1 percent of its membership “one anti-Semite in our party is one too many”.
The spokesman added: “We are determined to tackle antisemitism and root it out of our party once and for all membership.”
The motion came after Derby MP Chris Williamson was suspended from Labour for saying the party had been “too apologetic” during the anti-Semitism row.