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Former Dunfermline and West Fife MP Thomas Docherty has written to Brian Roy, general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, claiming a post on Fife councillor Mary Lockhart's Facebook page was "clearly an anti-Semitic smear".

Ian Austin, the son of adoptive Jewish parents who lost relatives in the Holocaust, said the row over the party's anti-Semitism code has left him "deeply ashamed". "It was a heated discussion, I accept that, but I didn't scream abuse at anybody".

He told Channel 4 News: "I'm suggesting they would feel compelled, in large numbers, to a least consider moving, if not moving".

He stated numerous IHRA's examples of anti-Semitism had been "adopted word for word in our code of conduct", and noted that in others "the ground is covered".

UK Jewish newspapers unite against Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn July 2018
UK Jewish newspapers unite against Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn July 2018

Mr Austin is the second Labour MP to face possible suspension after an investigation was launched into veteran Margaret Hodge.

Labour peer Melvyn Bragg has accused Jeremy Corbyn of "feebleness" in tackling anti-Semitism within the party.

Dame Margaret reportedly told Mr Corbyn he was a "f****** anti-Semite and a racist".

In a rare instance, various Jewish groups got together and published a joint editorial in the three leading Jewish newspapers in the United Kingdom, issuing a strong warning of the "existential" threat that they say Corbyn poses to British Jewry.

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But in recent months, an impassioned debate has erupted over what commentators are calling the "new anti-Semitism", as Jewish groups and academic researchers trace a wave of anti-Semitic acts to France's growing Muslim population.

"And if it is a Mossad assisted campaign to prevent the election of a Labour government pledged to recognise Palestine as a state, it is unacceptable interference in the democracy of Britain".

He said he called Labour's anti-Semitism code of conduct - which has been widely criticised by Jewish leaders and some MPs - a "disgrace".

The latest contention came last week as the Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) approved a new code of conduct on anti-Semitism that has been condemned by leading Jewish figures and some British MP's as falling short of the expected standards.

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Jewish lawmakers Dame Louise Ellman and Ruth Smeeth want the party to include in its permanent code of conduct, known as standing orders, the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition and examples, Arutz Sheva reports.

Asked about the Irish deputy prime minister Simon Coveney's comments that Britain could not afford a "no deal" Brexit, Mr Hammond said: "I think there is no doubt that Britain will be better off with a deal than without a deal, but I don't think we are sliding towards no deal".

He called on the NEC to "reconsider" its decision, adding: "It seems obvious to me that we do need to rebuild trust with the Jewish community, and the place to start is by accepting a definition which is broadly accepted internationally. Those sorts of accusations, when he has worked so hard on the issues of anti-Semitism and anti-racism, of course he's upset".

Labour MPs Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall and Anna Turley are among those who have been critical.

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Labour insisted in a statement that it poses no threat of any kind whatsoever to Jewish people and is fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and its organisations.

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