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Before Corbyn's sit-down with mainstream Jewish organisations today to discuss the problem of antisemitism in Labour. I thought it might be good to have a look back at his lieutenants who went out of their way to try & dismiss this very real issue over the last 2 years.
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1) Let's start with Seumas Milne, Corbyn's Executive Director of Strategy and Communications. Here he is on Russia Today (of course) with his good friend George Galloway, talking about how "they're trying to smear Corbyn by association with antisemitism"

2) Next up we have Diane Abbott, one of Corbyn's closest political allies, appointed Shadow Home Secretary by him.

Abbott on the Marr Show, 2016 - "It is something of a smear against ordinary Labour members to say Labour has a problem with antisemitism"

3) For those who may not have seen this, after her speech on the antisemitism debate in the Commons I dug out a quote from an interview I did with an Orthodox Jewish Labour member in Ms Abbott's constituency last year.

It's pretty damning, in my opinion. She didn't want to know.
4) Let's not forget Len McCluskey. head of the Unite union, & a key backer of Corbyn these last few years, politically & financially.

Len, September 2017 on antisemitism in Labour: "mood music created by people who were trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn"

5) It's also worth a reminder of Corbyn's response to Jonathan @Freedland's article from March 2016.
Mr Freedland wrote an article which was correct in every detail, clearly & concisely setting out Labour's problem with antisemitism. You can read it here.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
6) We know what Corbyn thought about it, thanks to the @VICE documentary aired later that year. The article is "utterly disgusting subliminal nastiness," Corbyn says in a phone call. Freedland is "not a good guy at all, he seems kind of obsessed with me."

7) As the VICE documentary points out, Corbyn was having that phone conversation with Seumas Milne. This is not just a case of the king having bad advisers, so to speak. This is what the king himself believes.
8) Then there's Christine Shawcroft, who resigned last month as head of the Labour party's disputes panel after actively lobbying (see the e-mail below) for the reinstatement of a suspended member who shared an article describing the Holocaust as a hoax.

theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
9) That was bad enough. But then, after her resignation, Ms Shawcroft posted a message on Facebook, claiming never to have seen the antisemitic post (despite previously defending it).

And "this whole row is being stirred up to attack Jeremy, as we know."

theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
10) I'm going to give one final example. Chris Williamson. Mr Williamson is the Labour MP for Derby North, and probably the most fanatical supporter of Mr Corbyn among the PLP.

He described the "antisemitism smears" as "proxy wars and bullshit" last year

theguardian.com/politics/2017/…
11) Here's a fascinating Twitter conversation from the beginning of this month, where Mr Williamson discussed the conduct of Scott Nelson, a man expelled from Labour for the most blatant antisemitism.

Look at Chris Williamson's response. Look at it.

12) I've put this thread together so that people can use it as a resource.
It shows, with video & print evidence, that senior Labour figures sought to deny the horrific, disgusting antisemitism festering within their party.

Thank you for reading it.

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