Labour Party is 'institutionally racist', claims vocal critic of Jeremy Corbyn

Lester Mason
September 12, 2018

Former frontbencher Mr Umunna said it was "very painful" to admit Labour had such deep-seated problems.

"If you look at the definition of institutional racism as outlined by Sir William Macpherson in the Macpherson Report and the Macpherson Inquiry produced the institutional racism definition", he told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

Umunna said: "It's very painful for me to say that".

Other Labour MPs who have lost local confidence votes include Frank Field, who quit the parliamentary party last week - citing the handling of the anti-Semitism row and bullying in local constituency parties - and Kate Hoey. "Our party members are not dogs", he said.

Mr McDonnell has rejected suggestions that MPs critical of Jeremy Corbyn are being driven out of the party.

Earlier this week, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was "not sure it is possible" for Labour "moderates" to take the party back from Mr Corbyn and the left - and hinted at the creation of a new "centre ground" party.

Maajid continued: "You can not change Corbyn's institutional racism from within the party for the reason what Momentum, his movement that backs him, have changed the rules of the game".

Peter Mason, a member of Labour's national constitutional committee (NCC) disciplinary body, painted a dire picture of the processes.

She said: "Jeremy Corbyn and the party leadership are lifelong anti-racists who are determined to tackle anti-Semitism within the Labour party and in wider society". "To suggest it is shows no understanding of either the work or the history of our party".

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed Chuka Umunna was "inventing stories" after the senior MP claimed moderates were being systematically targeted by more hardline factions. And today is a sad day.

Meanwhile, former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips claimed the Labour Party is "led by anti-Semites and racists".

He said "of course there isn't" a purge but "individual constituencies, if they are dissatisfied with what their local MP has done or said or voted, they will raise their concerns in the traditional way which is a vote of confidence or no confidence, or even just around a particular issue". "These aren't contributors being centered, they're being challenged".

He added: "When people think that they are being unfairly challenged they need to be accountable to the people that they represent". However, he said he had no detailed information on this, for example on the number of members expelled.

"But we've got an huge grief forward with the Jewish communities", he mentioned. "We understand fully the hurt which has been caused within the Jewish communities. We're seeking to make amends".

Lavery joined McDonnell in condemning Umunna's use of the phrase "call off the dogs", saying: "Calling anybody a dog is absolutely outrageous in the extreme".

Mr Umunna, a leading pro-EU campaigner, used a speech on Saturday to call on the leadership to stop using internal divisions as an excuse not to fight Brexit.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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