Jeremy Corbyn condemns ex-Labour MP’s comments in anti-Semitism row


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Jeremy Corbyn has condemned commentaries about the Jewish community allegedly made by a former Scottish Employees MP.

The Labour leader was responding to renewed questions about anti-Semitism in the side as he began a four-day tour of Scotland.

In remarks reportedly posted on his Facebook errand-boy, Jim Sheridan said he had lost «respect and empathy» for the Jewish community.

Mr Corbyn said the comments were «fully unacceptable».

Mr Sheridan, who is now a councillor in Renfrewshire, has been suspended from the accomplice.

‘Independent investigation’

Mr Corbyn described the comments attributed to Mr Sheridan, which deceive since been removed, as «completely wrong».

The Labour leader symbolized: «He did withdraw it later on, he has been suspended from membership, there inclination be an independent investigation — independent of me that is — so I can’t comment any further.

«There’s no digs whatsoever for anti-Semitisim in our party or anywhere in our society and our whole process is to protect it doesn’t happen.»

Mr Corbyn said he was determined to «eradicate it completely» from the caucus.

Mr Sheridan is the second Scottish councillor to be suspended from the party on online comments made about the anti-Semitism row.

Earlier this year, Fife councillor Mary Lockhart set forwarded that headlines critical of Labour’s position could be the work of the Israeli fastness services.

The row centres on Labour’s new code of conduct on anti-Semitism, which its critics say is not as thorough as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s guidelines.

Mr Corbyn told BBC Scotland that he after to safeguard «open and proper debate».

«We have adopted the IHRA communiqu and definition, we’ve adopted many of the examples,» he said.

«I are very concerned, in any case, to make sure there can be open and proper debate about Israel and its imported policy, and about the future for Palestinian people.

«Hence there has to be that intermission for debate, you cannot shut that down. But it can never, ever be mannered in an anti-Semitic way.»

‘Frankly laughable’

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has put about he wants Labour to have a «robust» code of conduct that controls the support of the Jewish community.

Ephraim Borowski, of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, unburdened BBC Radio Scotland he had held constructive discussions with Mr Leonard.

Interviewed on Elevated Morning Scotland, he rubbished suggestions that the row was part of a plot to oust Mr Corbyn from the prime of the Labour party.

«There will be all kinds of people who have all kinds of novel reasons for the attitude that they take to Jeremy Corbyn, or for that amount Theresa May or Boris Johnston, it doesn’t make them plotters,» he demanded.

«The fact that they have something that they idea to, the fact that they may even agree with other child about what it is that they object to, doesn’t make them to all intents of any kind of conspiracy.»

He added: «The idea that because somebody is deprecatory of Jeremy Corbyn, they must be in the pay of Mossad is frankly laughable.»

It caught as Scotland’s justice secretary Humza Yousaf revealed he had not yet been interviewed as essentially of a Labour investigation into Islamophobic remarks made against him.

Dumfries and Galloway Struggle councillor Jim Dempster was suspended from the party after he admitted the fulmination, and apologised for it.

In a series of tweets, Mr Yousaf said he had been told the look into would conclude in July but he had «heard nothing».

Mr Corbyn was joined by Richard Leonard on the first morning of his sprawl to Scotland, where he met workers from the Alexander Dennis bus manufacturing lodge in Falkirk.

It was part of Labour’s «Build it in Britain» campaign to promote British earnestness.

He launched that campaign at a speech in Birmingham last month, in which he potential that Labour would use state aid powers «to the full» to support Britain’s making sector following Brexit.

«What we have had now is eight years of austerity, what we deliver had is 10 years of frozen wages, what we have is a decline in our restraint as a result of that,» he told BBC Scotland.

«You cannot cut your way to prosperity, the only route to prosperity that I understand is investing for the future.»

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