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Today: Abbott on anti-semitism

this morning (wednesday 6th), 7.37-7.38am, on bbc radio 4 

today (presented by justin webb and nick robinson) includes …

“Does it reflect an arrogance of the Labour Party that in the way that he [Jacob Rees-Mogg] didn’t listen to the victims [of Grenfell], you don’t listen to the victims of anti-semitism?” 

including interview with …

diane abbott mp


Today: Tom Watson attacked

this morning (saturday 2nd), 7.00-7.02am, 7.51-7.59am, and 8.00-8.04am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by mishal husain leads with …

“A row has erupted between two of Labour’s most senior figures, over how allegations of anti-semitism are handled.”
“The party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, has delivered a fierce attack on the deputy leader Tom Watson, after he asked MPs to contact him directly on their allegations of anti-semitic behaviour. Ms Formby said Mr Watson’s intervention was completely unacceptable, and could undermine the current system for dealing with complaints. But Mr Watson said people have lost trust in the party’s ability to investigate allegations.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter nick eardley
• bbc reporter tom barton
catherine mckinnell mp

Twt: Tom Watson criticised

yesterday evening (friday 1st), 10.04-10.05pm (repeated 12.09am on midnight news), on bbc radio 4
the world tonight (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“There are further signs tonight of tensions within Labour over the party’s handling of anti-semitism allegations. Its general secretary, Jennie Formby, has criticised the deputy leader Tom Watson for asking members to contact him with concerns.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter nick eardley

QT: Gaza violence

yesterday evening (thursday 17th), 11.16-11.30pm, on bbc 1
question time (chaired by david dimbleby) (with • aditya chakrabortty of the guardian, • dominic raab mp, • bernard hogan-howe, former metropolitan police commissioner, • diane abbott mp, and • camilla cavendish, former head of policy for david cameron) includes…

(from georgia smith-marr of the goldsmiths palestine campaign) “Will the Israeli government be held accountable for their crimes against Palestine?”

QT: Labour anti-semitism

yesterday evening (thursday 26th), 11.08-11.22pm, on bbc 1
question time (chaired by david dimbleby) (with • human rights lawyer jen robinson, • conservative mp matt hancock, • labour mp diane abbott, • comedian and presenter simon evans, • green mp caroline lucas) includes…

Why does Labour have such problem with anti-semitism?”

in a question about anti-semitism, caroline lucas of the green party suddenly criticises israel

“I’m not anti-Israel, but I am sometimes very critical of the actions of the Israeli authorities – quite often the illegal actions of the Israeli authorities – in Palestine, and I do get very frustrated that often that isn’t called out: when there are, for example, more homes being built on the occupied territories, against UN laws, when there are housing being demolished, when the Wall is being built in a way that basically cuts Palestinian farmers off from their land.”

HC Debate: Anti-Semitism

yesterday afternoon (wednesday 17th), 4.14-7.00pm, on bbc parliament tv
house of commons 17/4/2018 includes …

Debate: Anti-Semitism

speeches by …
Sajid Javid (C)
Andrew Gwynne (Lab)
Graham Brady (C)
Stewart M McDonald (SNP)
Robert Halfon (C)
Lucians Berger (Lab)
Andrew Percy (C)
John Mann (Lab)
Theresa Villiers (C)
Ruth Smeeth (Lab)
Priti Patel (C)
Lisa Nandy (Lab)
Paul Masterson (C)
Ivan Lewis (Ind,Lab)
Louise Ellman (Lab)
Steve Double (C)
Margaret Hodge (Lab)
Simon Clarke (C)
Ian Austin (Lab)
Maria Caulfield (C)
Alistair Carmichael (LD)
Chris Green (C)
Mike Kane (Lab)
Joan Ryan (Lab)
Diane Abbott (Lab)
Amber Rudd (C)
interventions by …
Nigel Evans (C)
Stephen Doughty (Lab)
Sheryll Murray (C)
Jonathan Djanogly (C)
Karen Lee (Lab)
Graham Stringer (Lab)
Simon Hoare (C)
Angela Smith (Lab)
Andrew Percy (C)
Zac Goldsmith (C)
Richard Graham (Lab)
Desmond Swayne (C)
Andrew Bridgen (C)
Jess Phillips (Lab)
Catherine McKinnell (Lab)
Neil Parish (C)
Alec Shelbrooke (C)
Nick Boles (C)
Chris Elmore (Lab)
Lucy Powell (Lab)
Alex Sobel (Lab)
Wes Streeting (Lab)

(transcript at
(if you missed it, available from 0:03:00 to 2:49:00 at or at

Today: anti-semitism debate

this morning (wednesday 18th), 6.41-6.46am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson and john humphrys) includes …

We will not be bullied, the declaration of a couple of Labour MPs in Parliament yesterday as they spoke about the nature and the amount of anti-Semitic abuse they’d experienced in recent months, in a highly-charged Commons debate on the subject.”

including parliamentary report from …
• bbc reporter eleanor garnier

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