Labour reveal how many members have been booted out in anti-Semitism complaints
Labour has expelled 12 members over anti-Semitism complaints, the party revealed today.
In an email to Labour MPs, General Secretary Jennie Formby detailed how many of the 673 reports of anti-Semitism made to the party since April 2018.
So far, 12 members were expelled, with a further six being handed "sanctions" by the party’s disciplinary panel.
Five members left the party following an allegation being made.
The party said 433 complaints received were not about party members.
Of the ones who were, 96 were immediately suspended and 146 were given a ‘reminder of conduct’ – effectively a first written warning issued by the panel.
Some 220 were dismissed before investigation because insufficient evidence was presented of a breach of party rules.
And 211 were issued a ‘notice of investigation’ – meaning further investgation or action was neccessary.
Of those 211:
- 42 were referred to the party’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC)
- 16 were issued with a formal warning by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC)
- 6 members’ cases were referred for further investigation
- 25 more were issued with a ‘reminder of conduct’
- 7 cases were closed as the ‘full evidence’ suggested no further action should be taken
Of the 42 referred to the NCC:
- 12 were expelled
- 6 were given ‘sanctions’
- The remainder are awaiting completion of the case.
In the letter, issued in response to a demand for more information from the Parliamentary Labour Party, Ms Formby said she totally rejected the suggestion that the existence of anti-Semitism in the party is a smear.
She wrote: "I have seen hard evidence of it and that is why I have been so determined to do whatever is possible to eliminate it from the party."
She added: "It is clearly of the utmost importance that everyone feels welcome in our party and we must ensure that includes all members of our Jewish communities."
A Labour Party spokesman said: “Jennie Formby has published the figures on anti-Semitism complaints handled by the party and published a report on the work the party has done and is doing to speed up and strengthen our procedures, increasing transparency.
“These figures relate to about 0.1 per cent of our membership, but one anti-Semite in our party is one too many.
“We are committed to tackling anti-Semitism and rooting it out of our party once and for all.”
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