The daughter of one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies, has been embroiled in a spat with prominent anti-Semitism campaigner Rachel Riley. The countdown presenter has openly criticised her credentials for the role and expressed her shock following the announcement. Ms Riley wrote on Twitter: “The same woman who called me dangerous and stupid for talking about antisemitism yesterday?! What seriously? Is that how she got the job?! Can’t be true…?!”
The bitter row between the pair erupted on Twitter on Sunday following the incident where the Labour leader was hit by an egg at a Finsbury Park Mosque.
Ms Riley, 33, drew comparisons to the incident with that of former BNP leader Nick Griffin, who was hit by an egg also in 2009.
The countdown regular re-surfaced a Tweet from Guardian Journalist Owen Jones dated January 10, 2019, in which he referenced the attack.
Ms Riley with the caption “Good advice”, quoted the tweet from Mr Jones which read: “Oh: I think an egg was thrown at him actually. I think sound life advice is, if you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi. Seems fair to me.”
This prompted an angry response from Ms Murray who is the daughter of Andrew Murray, chief of staff to Unite union leader Len McCluskey.
In scathing attack, Ms Murray who has been working in the Labour office since 2016, branded Ms Riley “dangerous” and “stupid”.
Ms Murray, a member of Mr Corbyn’s staff, wrote on Twitter: “Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque for Visit My Mosque Day, and was attacked by a Brexiteer.
“Rachel Riley tweets that Corbyn deserves to be violently attacked because he is a Nazi.
“This woman is as dangerous as she is stupid. Nobody should engage with her. Ever.”
Meanwhile, Labour MPs have also reacted angrily to the appointment and stated it could undermine the independence of the whole process.
Liverpool Riverside MP Dame Louise Ellman said: “What are her credentials?
“It puts a major question mark on whether the people running this organisation understand the concerns expressed, question marks over the independence of the the process.”
A Labour source has since confirmed the staff members would be in the role for an “interim basis” and it was “standard procedure” for staff to be re-assigned to different departments.
The source told the Telegraph: “Two junior members of staff have been released from their duties in another part of the organisation to provide administrative support on an interim basis to the complaints team to get through cases that have come in in recent weeks.
“This is standard procedure to reallocate resources from one part of the organisation when another part of the party comes under strain and requires additional staff support.
“Ensuring complaints on anti-Semitism are processed quickly is an absolute priority for the party which is why these additional resources have been reallocated.”
Labour would not comment on the appointment. The party’s spokesman said: “We don’t comment on staffing matters.”