Published: Sat, December 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel hails Johnson win as defeat for anti-Semitism

Israel hails Johnson win as defeat for anti-Semitism

And that label was stitched on after she was chosen to deputise for the Labour leader at Prime Minister's Questions earlier this year despite Emily Thornberry - another contender - being the usual stand-in.

Labour's bitter row over anti-Semitism, which poisoned much of Mr Corbyn's campaign, also threatens to fuel the coming battle over the party's future.

Others being touted to take over include Lisa Nandy, who represents Leave-voting Wigan, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Angela Rayner, Sir Keir Starmer, Jess Phillips and Emily Thornberry.

Israel Friday hailed the election defeat of Britain's Labour Party as a "milestone in the fight against hatred" after its leadership was accused of inaction against anti-Semitism in its ranks.

But speaking after retaining his Islington North seat, he said he meant to take Labour through a "process of reflection" while it considered the way forward.

A veteran left-winger, first elected to parliament in 1983, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has always been dogged by accusations, which resurfaced during the campaign, that he had turned a blind eye to growing anti-Semitism within the party.

"I will lead the party during this period to ensure this discussion takes place".

That leaves Labour, a 100-year-old party born out of the trade union movement, wrestling with what went wrong and what to do about it.

"There should be an interim leader agreed between the National Executive and the parliamentary party - perhaps somebody like Hilary Benn". But anger is so great among critics in the party after Thursday's result that they may try to force him out sooner.

"This video is about the UK, but it might as well have been produced about the United States", Ocasio-Cortez said in a December 12 tweet above a video backing the Labour Party she shared.

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"People told us on the doorstep what the problem and we didn't respond".

Yes, people may have laughed at Ed Miliband pulling a amusing face when eating a bacon sandwich - but that was nothing compared with their dislike of Mr Corbyn over the anti-semitism in his party, over his world view and apparent reluctance to support North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and his early career which saw him working with Irish Republicans during the Troubles.

"I support the President's Executive Order to prohibit anti-Semitic discrimination and was honored to join him today at the signing ceremony".

"And with a leader who understood the importance of connecting with the British people - whether it's in the South or the North - that's what Tony Blair was able to do".

Johnson's clarion call to "get Brexit done" proved more appealing than Corbyn's two-pronged approach, which raised the prospect of yet more delay in the already slow Brexit process. To say otherwise is delusional.

Even veteran left winger Dennis Skinner, who had been set to become the father of the House, lost his seat of Bolsover, a former mining stronghold which had been Labour since its creation in 1950.

Former cabinet minister Hilary Benn said voters simply did not have confidence in Mr Corbyn's leadership. "People are willing to look at what is most affecting them and actually go against a lifetime's habit".

The party was left with just 203 seats - down from the 262 it won in the 2017 general election and the 243 it held when Parliament was dissolved in November.

Allies of the Labour leader insisted the defeat was down to the inability to overcome differences over Brexit rather than a rejection of Mr Corbyn's radical left-wing policy programme.

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