British MP criticizes Labour leader

Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellen says Jeremy Corbyn not doing enough to stamp out anti-Semitism in party.

Shoshana Miskin ,

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

A Jewish member of the UK Parliament, Louise Ellman, has criticized her Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of not doing enough to stop the spread of anti-Semitism within the party.

Ellman said that while Corbyn had spoken out about the issue, he has not done enough to actually tackle the problem.

She added that party members were being allowed to “get away” with posting anti-Semitic comments online.

"I am very concerned about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Most members of the Labour Party are not anti-Semitic but some are. Some are being allowed to get away with posting anti-Semitic comments in their tweets and on their websites. I have raised this in parliamentary meetings,” said Ellman.

Her comments came after a series of incidents involving anti-Semitic comments by Labour activists, one was even suspended twice after posting a series of tweets in 2014 in which she reportedly stated that Adolf Hitler might be the "Zionist God” and that Jews had “big noses.”

Shadow chancellor MP John McDonnell, a close ally of Mr Corbyn, insisted the party is committed to dealing with the issue during an interview on the Andrew Marr Show.

“You can be a critic of the Israeli state and its role, but you mustn’t allow that to in any way be used by anti-Semites. We’ve got to root that out and we will do.”