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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour must reject full European Union single market membership

10 March 2018
Jeremy Corbyn: Labour must reject full European Union single market membership

Labour has suspended several party members who posted in a closed antisemitic Facebook group, of which Jeremy Corbyn was also a member, with the party's compliance unit working through a dossier on the group compiled by a campaigner.

The group, called Palestine Live, contained posts denying the Holocaust and conspiracy theories about Israeli involvement in 9/11 and the Rothschild family, among other topics.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has published screenshots of messages purported to have been posted on the group. "We further call on all MPs of all parties to condemn the alleged participation of Mr Corbyn and others within the group", Glasman added. "One of Mr Corbyn's slogans is "standing up, not standing by", but in this case he has not stood up but instead he actively joined in", Glasman said.

"I removed myself from the group in 2015".

And because the most active members of this Facebook group also tend to be the more anti-Semitic ones, their views set the tone for the group as a whole. In one thread, a member comments "I$3 am reading Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler] ... everybody should be forced to read it, especially Jews who have their own agenda as to why they were not liked", reported the Jewish Press. "Obviously, any antisemitic comment is wrong".

"If any of those individuals are associated or members of the Labour Party, we will take firm action against them", he said.

"Included in that racism is anti-Semitism".

"We also need to be clear, we could not accept a situation where we were subject to all European Union rules and European Union law, yet had no say in making those laws", he added.

"I don't think anyone is suggesting that anything that Jeremy has written in any Facebook group or anywhere else constitutes antisemitic comments", he said.

This doesn't mean that most of the members of this group are anti-Semitic, any more than most people who sympathise with the Palestinians are anti-Semitic.

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said the blunder "shows exactly how much attention Mr Corbyn pays to events north of the border".

Corbyn posted several times in the group after being tagged in posts, according to Collier's report.

SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard sparked a civil war on the eve of his party's conference by blocking a vote on Brexit policy.

When asked what he would say to Mr Corbyn if he sat down with him, Lord Sacks said: "I would want to see clearer signs of resolute action by a party and its leader before I would even sit down with them full stop".

Catherine Stihler MEP, co-chair of the group Scottish Labour for the Single Market, added: "Party members will have an opportunity to hold healthy, democratic discussions about Brexit during the conference, both at fringes and on the conference floor".

The Labour leader pledged: "We are ready to put into practice our common-sense policies to end austerity, invest in people's futures and radically transform our society so that it works for the many not the few".