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UK NewsFormby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding

08:35  12 july  2019
08:35  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Mr Watson ’s letter came as the fallout from a BBC Panorama documentary into Labour ’s handling of anti-Semitism continued. The deputy leader said a document produced for the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s investigation of the party should be made public because “only sunlight can

Jennie Formby has gone to war with Tom Watson . Credit: PA Images. In a furious letter, Labour 's general Her letter came in response to an email to her and all Labour MPs from Mr Watson earlier this week titled She added: "In addition to pointing out how inappropriate your suggestion is, I must

Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding © Kirsty O’Connor Labour deputy leader Tom Watson (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The bitter row at the top of the Labour Party has deepened, with general secretary Jennie Formby accusing deputy leader Tom Watson of “traducing” her while she is undergoing cancer treatment.

Mr Watson wrote to her calling for the party to publish its submission to a watchdog investigating anti-Semitism claims, as well as raising allegations she had deleted emails relating to cases – a suggestion Ms Formby denies.

In her reply, she said she was “very disappointed” in his approach and accused him of abusing his position.

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Labour ’s deputy leader Tom Watson has hit out at the party’s use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to prevent staff members from speaking out on anti-semitism. The row has come amid fresh splits over the issue ahead of a BBC documentary on how Labour has been handling complaints of

Labour 's deputy leader Tom Watson has been criticised by senior colleagues over his attack on a top party figure, as the party's bitter antisemitism row continues. Jennie Formby , the party's general secretary, has accused Mr Watson of "traducing her" while she is undergoing cancer treatment.

She said: “The party has at all levels consistently shown that it recognises the vital importance of combating anti-Semitism, yet you consistently abuse your considerable platform to denigrate any progress that has been made and any individual that is involved in that.”

Ms Formby, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, added:  “Traducing my reputation and publicly attacking me when you know I am undergoing chemotherapy and am unable to respond in the media is another example of the inappropriate way in which you choose to discuss this issue.”

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Tom Watson . He hit back at Ms Formby 's letter saying "there is no transparency about the process." "This opacity and delay in processing complaints has led The motion passed by Hackney North and Stoke Newington Constituency Labour Party hit out at claims of "institutional anti-Semitism" spread

LEN McCluskey has branded Labour deputy leader Tom Watson a “f* disgrace” in a foul-mouthed attack as Jeremy Corbyn watched on amid an The abuse comes as Mr Watson penned a letter to Mrs Formby condemning her response on behalf of the Labour Party to allegations of anti-semitism

Mr Watson’s letter came as the fallout from a BBC Panorama documentary into Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism continued.

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Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding
Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding

The deputy leader said a document produced for the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s investigation of the party should be made public because “only sunlight can disinfect Labour of anti-Semitism now”.

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He also said he believes there was “some participation” from leader Jeremy Corbyn’s office in the disciplinary process dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism.

The party’s deputy leader claimed there was “almost a permissive culture” towards anti-Jewish racism in the ranks after damning claims about the party’s handling of accusations were broadcast.

A total of eight people told the BBC’s Panorama programme they were undermined in their attempts to tackle anti-Semitism in the party.

Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding © 2018 Getty Images DURHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby gives a speech during the 134th Durham Miners' Gala on July 14, 2018 in Durham, England. Over two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 200,000 people expected to attend this year. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery brass bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners before pausing to play outside the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather before then continuing to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is the biggest trade union event in Europe and is part of an annual celebration of socialism. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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Four of those who spoke out, including former Labour general secretary Lord Iain McNicol, broke non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to do so.

Labour has denied the claims and written a complaint to the BBC.

In his letter to Ms Formby, Mr Watson said the people who spoke to the programme were “very brave to go before a camera and tell their stories”.

“The way that they have been smeared, including by Labour spokespeople, is deplorable,” he said.

Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding © PA Wire/PA Images Jennie Formby at the Labour headquarters in central London with Iain McNicol, after she was appointed as the party's new general secretary, becoming only the second woman to hold the post. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)

“Even if some in the party did not want to hear what they had to say, it is unacceptable to attempt to undermine their integrity and characters in this manner.”

Earlier, Mr Watson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “In the last four years, since Jeremy and I were elected leader and deputy leader of the party, there is a growing belief that there is a sickness in our party, that this kind of abuse has been in some way allowed.

“That there’s almost a permissive culture that people can use anti-Jewish, racist language both in our meetings and to each other on social media and we’ve failed to address that properly.

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“It does seem to me that there is obviously some participation in these disciplinary cases from the leader’s office, which means they are responsible for dealing with the rebuilding of trust in the Jewish community.”

The frontbencher said there needed to be a rule change to “auto-exclude” party members who have a “prima facie case to answer of using anti-Semitic behaviours and language”.

He claimed Mr Corbyn was the “only one” who could fix the issue.

Meanwhile, shadow chancellor John McDonnell called on the BBC to carry out an investigation into complaints made by Labour about the Panorama report.

“There have been complaints put into the BBC now,” he said.

Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding © Thomson Reuters British Labour politician John McDonnell speaks to media outside the BBC headquarters after appearing on the Andrew Marr show in London, Britain July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

“I think the BBC should investigate those and then we can come to a conclusion.”

He added: “What we have got is ex-staff making accusations against existing staff and those existing staff have challenged those complaints so it does need an objective look at.”

Three senior peers quit the Labour whip earlier this week in protest at the handling of the issue under Mr Corbyn’s leadership.

Another peer, Lord Levy, said he considers leaving Labour every day over its handling of anti-Semitism and has “immense respect” for his fellow peers who have resigned the whip.

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The Jewish Labour Movement, said it had secured testimonies from 30 whistle-blowers to the EHRC.

The group said: “The culture and scale of anti-Semitism within the party has been perpetuated and exacerbated by those at the very top. Those responsible must be held accountable.”

A Labour spokesman said the party rejected any claim it is anti-Semitic and it complained in advance to the BBC “over the way the programme was put together and its choice of a presenter who has expressed overt personal and political hostility to Jeremy Corbyn’s politics”.

Formby hits out at Watson amid Labour feuding © 2019 Luke Dray LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is seen leaving his north London home on July 10, 2019 in London, England. This evening, the BBC is airing a Panorama episode on alleged antisemitism in the party. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)

“We stand in solidarity with Jewish people, and we’re taking decisive action to root out anti-Semitism from our movement and society,” the spokesman said.

“The Panorama programme was not a fair or balanced investigation.

“It was a seriously inaccurate, politically one-sided polemic, which breached basic journalistic standards, invented quotes and edited emails to change their meaning.”

He added: “It was an overtly biased intervention by the BBC in party political controversy.

“Despite claims made in the programme, Labour is taking decisive action against anti-Semitism.

“Since Jennie Formby became general secretary, the rate at which anti-Semitism cases have been dealt with has increased more than four-fold.”

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