Anti-Semitism

  1. Labour investigates Copeland claims of 'anti-Semitism'

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    Cumbrian councillors are under investigation by the Labour party over allegations of anti-Semitism, it's understood.

    Complaints have been made about two Copeland councillors for posts on social media, while another has already apologised for comments made in a council meeting.

    Copeland centre

    A further former Copeland Labour councillor has been expelled from the party.

    The Labour Party says it "takes all complaints of anti-Semitism extremely seriously and they are fully investigated".

  2. Huddersfield MP apologises for alleged anti-Semitic tweet

    A campaign group has called on a Labour MP to lose the party whip over an alleged anti-Semitic tweet.

    Barry Sheerman

    Barry Sheerman tweeted about a "run on silver shekels" in an apparent reference to a rumour about two high profile Jewish businessmen missing out on peerages.

    The Huddersfield MP deleted the post and said he was "deeply sorry that my clumsy tweet has caused offence".

    The Campaign Against Antisemitism said he should face disciplinary action.

    A spokesperson for the group said: "His first reaction on hearing two prominent Jewish businessmen supposedly missed out on peerages is to think about 'silver shekels', alluding to both classic and modern anti-Semitic tropes about Jews corrupting politics with money."

    After deleting the tweet Mr Sherman posted another tweet saying: "I apologise for my earlier tweet. I did not intend the meaning which has upset many, and I am very sorry for the upset and offense I have caused."

    In June, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer dismissed MP Rebecca Long-Bailey from her role as shadow education secretary saying she had retweeted an article containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

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    Video caption: Rapper Wiley's Twitter account has been suspended after anti-Semitic posts.

    Rapper Wiley's Twitter account has been temporarily locked after a long series of anti-Semitic posts.

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    Video caption: Anti-Semitism: Ex-Labour staff says apology is 'an important moment'

    Sam Matthews says being accused by Labour of acting against the party was like being rejected by your "own family".