Labour Leader Says He Is Determined To “Eradicate Anti-Semitism Completely” From His Party

Labour Leader has denounced the anti-Semitism comments of former Scottish Labour MP Jim Sheridan, saying his comments were “completely unacceptable”.

Earlier on Saturday, Scottish Labour suspended MP Jim Sheridan who said the Jewish community colluded with “Blairite plotters” to damage the party.

Sherdian, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North until 2015, also said he had lost “respect and empathy” for the Jewish community over the ongoing antisemitism row in the Labour Party.

“I’m just angry and frustrated that my party have been hijacked by people who are using anti-Semitism as an excuse to undermine the leadership of our party,” Sherdian said.

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A party spokesman said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and we are committed to challenging against it in all its forms.

“All complaints about antisemitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”

Jeremy Corbyn condemned the comments as “completely unacceptable” and “completely wrong”.

“He did withdraw it, later on, he has been suspended from membership,” Corbyn said, “there will be an independent investigation – independent of me that is – so I can’t comment any further.”

The leader also noted that there’s no place whatsoever for anti-Semitism in Labour party or “anywhere in our society” and “our whole process is to ensure it doesn’t happen.”

Corbyn said that he was determined to “eradicate it completely from the party.”

Formerly,  Fife councillor Mary Lockhart suggested that headlines critical of Labour’s position could be the work of the Israeli security services.

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