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Just 3% of voters think Keir Starmer has managed to tackle anti-Semitism within Labour


Just 3 per cent of voters think Keir Starmer has successfully tackled anti-Semitism within Labour, according to a poll. Almost a quarter of voters thought he had failed to handle the issue inside his party. 

Labour was accused of ‘downplaying’ the scale of anti-Semitism within its ranks after shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves claimed it had not ‘let the Jewish community down’.

She insisted Sir Keir had intervened ‘swiftly’ in suspending two parliamentary candidates who made vile anti-Israel remarks.

The party withdrew support for its Rochdale by-election candidate, Azhar Ali, after the Mail revealed he had made anti-Semitic remarks at a meeting last year.

But Labour was criticised for being slow to act after The Mail on Sunday reported Mr Ali said Israel ‘deliberately allowed’ the October 7 massacre to get the ‘green light’ to invade Gaza. 

A poll has found that three per cent of voters think Starmer has successfully tackled anti-semitism

A poll has found that three per cent of voters think Starmer has successfully tackled anti-semitism

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves claimed Labour had not ‘let the Jewish community down’

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves claimed Labour had not ‘let the Jewish community down’

The party later removed its backing for former MP Graham Jones, its candidate for Hyndburn, after it was reported he had used the words ‘f****** Israel’ at the same meeting.

Sir Keir is under pressure to come clean over who attended the Rochdale meeting where the vile remarks went seemingly unchallenged.

Asked whether Labour would tighten up its candidate selection process, Ms Reeves said yesterday: ‘Keir Starmer acted swiftly in response to the accusations and the stories that came out about Mr Ali and Mr Jones – he hasn’t let the Jewish community down, and it is right that both of them have been suspended.

‘Obviously if we’d have known about these things we would have taken action sooner.’

But Tory chairman Richard Holden told the Mail: ‘If Rachel Reeves thinks that Sir Keir hasn’t let the Jewish community down then I think she needs to look again at the state of her party and the definition of anti-Semitism.

‘Downplaying the scourge of this insidious form of racism in Labour after Sir Keir was dragged kicking and screaming to suspend two candidates and investigate a third for vile anti-Semitic tropes… shows a Labour Party complacent in the face of the poison of anti-Jewish hatred.’

But while only 3 per cent of voters believe Sir Keir has rooted out Jewish discrimination overall within Labour, the YouGov poll for The Times found more voters thought he had handled its recent anti-Semitism affair well than badly.

It came as the Tories yesterday expelled Salisbury mayor Atiqul Hoque over alleged anti-Semitic remarks made on social media and WhatsApp. In a statement, he said he had ‘nothing to hide’ and was ‘entirely innocent’.



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