TalkRadio Political Editor Ross Kempsell later tweeted: “Understand from Labour source that the Labour Press twitter account was hacked,” this was later confirmed by the account itself.
The Guardian reported the BBC had seen 700 emails from the complaints process, one of which saw director of communications Seumas Milne say according to the documentary: “Something’s going wrong, and we’re muddling up political disputes with racism. I think going forward we need to review where and how we’re drawing the line.”
However, Labour have hit back at the public broadcaster accusing it of “deliberate and malicious representations designed to mislead the public” and of “selective quotation to change meaning”.
The Opposition party claim the full email actually read: “But if we’re more than very occasionally using disciplinary action against Jewish members for anti-Semitism, something’s going wrong, and we’re muddling up political disputes with racism.”
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A total of eight former Labour officials spoke to Panorama, four of whom have signed non-disclosure-agreements (NDAs) on the subject matter of anti-Semitism.
The documentary alleged complaints of anti-Semitism had dramatically increased since Jeremy Corbyn became party leader almost four years ago.
The broadcast suggested there were disagreements within the party on what actually constitutes as anti-Semitism.
A Labour spokesman had said: “We completely reject any claim that the Labour Party is anti-Semitic.
“Labour is taking decisive action against anti-Semitism, doubling the number of staff dedicated to dealing with complaints and cases.
“It appears these disaffected former officials include those who have always opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, worked to actively undermine it, and have both personal and political axes to grind.
“This throws into doubt their credibility as sources.”
They claimed that after Jennie Forby became general secretary the rate case were dealt with “increased more than four-fold”.
Posting on his website, the Labour leader also stated: “Labour is an anti-racist party to its core and has a long and proud history of standing against racism, including anti-Semitism.
“I have campaigned against racism all my life and the Jewish community has been at the heart of the Labour party and progressive politics in Britain for more than a hundred years.
“There is no place for anti-semitism or any form of racism in the Labour party, or anywhere in society, and we will make sure that our party is a welcoming home to members of all communities.”
A BBC spokesman has defended the corporation’s programme: “The programme adheres to the BBC’s editorial guidelines.
“In line with those, the Labour Party has been given the opportunity to respond to the allegations.”
A spokesman man for the Jewish Labour Movement meanwhile said: “After seeing tonight’s programme, no one can doubt that Labour is institutionally racist against Jews.
“Revelations this evening are a vindication of our decision to refer the Labour Party to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, who are now investigating the party for institutional racism.”