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17:40  11 july  2019
17:40  11 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The Jewish Labour Movement told Sky News that it has heard from current and former staff members and party officers on the issue, despite the party being "very keen on silencing those who wish to come forward".

One whistleblower, former head of complaints Sam Matthews, told Sky News that leader Jeremy Corbyn has "refused" to "take responsibility for what's happened" to the party.

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He claimed that some people still in the party have not come forward to speak out because they are "fearful" of retribution.

Labour has said it is taking "decisive action" against antisemitism and has doubled the number of staff handling complaints and cases.

A spokesman said "we stand in solidarity with Jewish people" and "since Jennie Formby became general secretary, the rate at which antisemitism cases have been dealt with has increased more than four-fold".

JLM is gathering testimony to submit to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, having asked the body to investigate Labour's handling of antisemitism claims.

Earlier this year, the ECHR decided to launch an investigation into whether Labour had "unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish".

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Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for what he called “pockets of antisemitism ” in his party, as Jewish leaders issued an extraordinary open letter accusing the Labour leader of “siding with antisemites”. They were spurred into action by the latest row over antisemitism in the party, which saw Corbyn

Thu 30 Aug 2018 11.20 EDT Last modified on Sat 23 Feb 2019 17.07 EST. In a blistering letter to Labour ’s chief whip, Nick Brown, Field wrote: “It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party” and added that antisemitism alone would have been enough to prompt his resignation.

The revelation from JLM comes after former officials told a BBC Panorama documentary that they were undermined in their efforts to tackle antisemitism - something Labour has denied.

Eight people told the programme that Labour's director of communications, Seumas Milne, and Ms Formby interfered with investigations.

Four of them broke non-disclosure agreements to speak out, including former party general secretary Iain McNicol.

But a party spokesman slammed the programme, saying it "engaged in deliberate and malicious representations designed to mislead the public".

They added that the officials who spoke to the BBC were "disaffected" individuals who have "both personal and political axes to grind".

Labour has submitted a written complaint to the BBC.

JLM national secretary Paul Mason told Sky News that the testimonies of the whistleblowers "confirm what we have suspected for a very long time".

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The organisation said more people have come forward to provide testimony in the wake of the Panorama documentary.

Mr Mason said: "What we are also asking at this stage is, given the incredible bravery of those who have already spoken out, that if there are party members, members of staff or members of the NEC who wish to come forward and make clear to the EHRC what is happening inside the Labour party - now is the time."

Mr Matthews, who was in his role from 2016 to 2018, said it was his belief that the party is "institutionally antisemitic".

"There are particular individuals who are responsible for that and ultimately the buck stops with Jeremy Corbyn," he told Sky News.

Mr Matthews said there was not a "silver bullet" - a single piece of overwhelming evidence - that would lead the EHRC to make such a conclusion.

But he added: "I think that the thing that will be most impactful for the EHRC will be the scale of testimony that I expect them to receive."

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