Labour anti-Semitism row: Don't attack messengers, says Thornberry

14 Juillet, 2019, 15:35 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Labour anti-Semitism row: Don't attack messengers, says Thornberry

"If the leadership doesn't start to listen now there will be many more people who will feel so uncomfortable within the Labour Party that they can no longer remain", she told Sky News. Those representing the Labour party have acted in a way that set out to destroy the reputations of the whistleblowers.

McCluskey's astonishing comments came in response to Watson attacking Labour's General Secretary, Jennie Formby - who is now undergoing chemotherapy for cancer - over last week's Panorama documentary outlining allegations of antisemitism within the Labour party. "It is ironic that the bosses at the workers' party have chose to go against the workers".

Mr Matthews and Ms Withers Green - who broke non-disclosure agreements to speak out - were among eight former party employees featured in the programme.

Ms Thornberry said that she understood the party had concerns about the BBC Panorama programme that highlighted the issue, but added it was important the party addressed the problems the documentary raised about the way cases of alleged anti-Semitism are dealt with.

Mr Matthews told The Observer: "The Labour party is choosing to ignore the central charges of anti-Semitism raised by myself and other whistleblowers on Panorama, and instead, they have engaged in a concerted campaign to damage my name".

'This should be a stark wake-up call about our collective duty to root out racism.

She said the party should be asking the commission: "Can you help us?"

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"These are justified statements of opinion".

Labour, meanwhile, continue to contest the Panorama findings, with Jeremy Corbyn claiming it contained "many, many inaccuracies".

In a speech to the Durham Miners" Gala on Saturday, he said: "The programme adopted a pre-determined position on its own website before it was broadcast'.

'I have a simple message for Tom Watson and his pals in the media - a simple message to Tom and his pals: You should f****** well be ashamed of yourselves, ' he said to cheers from the crowd at Durham Racecourse.

Ms Thornberry said she found the Panorama episode "awful" - both the programme itself and "more importantly the revelations".

The Unite boss was speaking as part of the annual Durham Miners' Gala today, and his blunt message to Watson was received by rapturous applause.

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