Ex-Labour vice chairman Michael Dugher quits social gathering over 'institutional' anti-Semitism

Former Labour vice chairman Michael Dugher has mentioned he’s intending to go away the social gathering he now regards as “institutionally anti-Semitic”.

Mr Dugher, elected as MP for Barnsley East in 2010 and who left Parliament in Could 2017, claimed the social gathering he joined practically three a long time in the past “now not exists”.

He served as vice chairman of the social gathering underneath Ed Miliband between 2011 and 2014 and later turned shadow secretary for transport and tradition.

Labour disclosed this week it had obtained 673 allegations of anti-Semitism by its members over the previous 10 months, resulting in 12 people being expelled.

A celebration spokesman mentioned the numbers concerned amounted to round 0.1% of the entire membership roll, however added: “One anti-Semite in our social gathering is one too many.”

Michael Dugher
Mr Dugher is a former shadow transport secretary


Writing within the Solar on Sunday, Mr Dugher mentioned the Labour social gathering had repeatedly didn’t “adequately sort out anti-Semitism”.

The now chief government of UK Music mentioned: “I’ll proceed to have a number of pricey associates within the Labour Celebration, together with many gifted MPs and hard-working native councillors who’re fantastically devoted public servants.

“But in all good conscience, I can now not justify paying subs to a celebration which I now regard as institutionally anti-Semitic.”

He mentioned conditions the place distinguished Jewish Labour MPs – Ruth Smeeth and Luciana Berger – wanted police safety “made him wish to cry”, and expressed concern on the “angle” of shadow chancellor John McDonnell after Ms Berger was going through a vote of no confidence from her native social gathering.

Mr McDonnell prompt the transfer to censure the MP was as a result of concern she might be part of a breakaway social gathering, not over her assaults on Jeremy Corbyn’s dealing with of anti-Semitism.

Labour deputy chief Tom Watson later intervened within the controversy to supply his help to Ms Berger in what he known as her battle in opposition to “bullying hatred” from members of her native social gathering.

Jeremy Corbyn has been broadly criticised over allegations of anti Semitism inside Labour


Mr Dugher, additionally a former vice chairman of the Labour Associates of Israel group, was quoted within the Jewish Chronicle in 2015 saying that his social gathering had “mishandled” their relationship with the Jewish group “by way of neglect, or frankly in some cases, incompetence”.

In the identical interview, he mentioned Labour’s resolution underneath Mr Miliband to help a backbench movement which might unilaterally recognise a Palestinian state was “a basic and somewhat catastrophic political administration error”.

Jeremy Corbyn got here underneath intense stress final yr over allegations that underneath his management Labour had not taken sufficient motion to take care of anti-Semitic remarks and behavior amongst its ranks.

In September, the ruling Nationwide Government Committee adopted the Worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition in full, after coming underneath assault for initially omitting a few of its examples of anti-Semitic behaviour.

Final month, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis instructed BBC Radio 5 Stay that “stress” continued to exist between the Jewish group and the Labour Celebration and mentioned he was “very involved” by the scenario.

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