AMBER RUDD waded into Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis by demanding Jeremy Corbyn tackle “Jew baiting” activists in her constituency.
The Work and Pensions Secretary revealed the Labour party in Hastings and Rye had passed a motion branding the anti-Semitism crisis an “orchestrated” smear campaign. It said victims were “crying wolf”.
And it called for the “unconditional re-instatement” of arch leftie Chris Williamson – after the ‘Corbynista’ was booted out last week for saying Labour had been too “apologetic” for anti-Semitism.
The row comes after it emerged trolls told Labour rebel MP Joan Ryan to “burn in the ovens” by trolls after quitting over anti-Semitism.
Ms Rudd said the Hastings and Rye Labour Party should be placed under special behavioural measures.
In a move that will infuriate the Labour leader, she also asked deputy leader Tom Watson to help.
‘INFECTED WITH ANTI-SEMITISM’
Mr Watson has incensed the Labour leadership by demanding MPs contact him directly with any anti-Semitism complaints.
Ms Rudd said: “Jewish people in Hastings & Rye deserve far better than a local Labour Party obsessed with peddling conspiracy theories about Jewish people.
“For too long, the Labour Party in Hastings and Rye has deliberately goaded and baited Jews with hateful language and got away with it.
“This latest salvo is a disgrace and shows that the local Party is infected with anti-Semitism.”
Jewish people in Hastings & Rye deserve far better than a local Labour Party obsessed with peddling conspiracy theories about Jewish people
But he demanded Tom Watson let general secretary Jennie Formby get on with dealing with the crisis.
“What Jennie is concerned about is setting up a parallel system of dealing with cases.”
He insisted just 0.1 per cent of members had faced complaints.
But he said: “I do not want one anti-Semite in our party. I do not want one piece of evidence of someone being anti-Semitic.”
Former Labour Cabinet Minister Lord Falconer is due to audit the party’s disciplinary procedures to build bridges with the Jewish community.
He warned that Jeremy Corbyn has no chance of becoming Prime Minister – “nor would we deserve to” – unless the party tackles the anti-Semitism crisis head on.
The now Independent Group MP Joan Ryan stormed: “The Labour Party is institutionally racist, they don’t understand the problem and they are not taking the measures needed to tackle it.”