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Prominent member of the British Labour Party resigns as MP to protest Corbyn’s failure to tackle antisemitism within the party

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John Mann told the Jewish Chronicle Jew-hate is ‘becoming normalised’ and revealed he witnessed it from four passersby while meeting with the Community Security Trust (CST) chief executive last week at an outside table at Reubens kosher restaurant in London. “It was after the CST’s advisory board meeting. I joined Mr  Delew for a conversation when we were subjected to casual but explicitly antisemitic abuse from four people passing by. “It was ‘Jew this…Jew that’ to two members of the community and myself who were just sitting outside having some food and attempting to chat.”

“That’s the scale of the problem – it’s becoming normalised.”

LONDON—A longtime member of the British Labour Party has annnounced he will resign as MP to protest Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle antisemitism within the party.

John Mann – a Labour MP since 2001 – has decided to take up a new full-time position as the British government’s advisor on antisemitism.

He told The Jewish Chronicle : “I’m not prepared to stand as an MP with Corbyn as leader.”

He said he had written to the Labour party leader to explain his decision to stand down and repeated his call for the Labour leader to resign.

“I have told him to resign for the good of the country and for the good of the Labour Party,” he said.

The 59-year-old politician had been a former chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism which gave him a stark insights into the scale of the Jew-hate problem in the UK in recent years.

Mann said the growth in antisemitic activity has “without question been running in tandem with Corbyn’s lack of leadership.”

He added that there were also serious issues with antisemitism from the far-right and within the Muslim community.


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