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Today: Labour hounding Joan Ryan

this morning (wednesday 26th), 7.54-7.56am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson from the Labour Party conference) includes …

“Now there’s an issue that has been very painful for the party, I think rather painful for you personally too over the summer, as well as Jeremy Corbyn, the issue of anti-semitism. You were also on the fringe of this conference last night, giving a speech in which you attacked what you called the hounding out of a Labour MP, chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, Joan Ryan, by people who’ve only just joined the Labour Party.”

including interview with …
tom watson mp
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Newsnight: Labour freedom of speech

yesterday evening (tuesday 4th), 10.31-10.47pm, on bbc 2 tv
newsnight (presented by emily maitlis) leads with …

“But a move to include a statement upholding ’freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of the Palestinians’ has angered many members, who called the caveat ’insulting and unnecessary’.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter nick watt
joan ryan mp
tom watson mp
carwyn jones am
jenny manson, co-chair of jewish voice for labour
and including discussion with …
gavin shuker mp
• lord alf dubs
• journalist rachel shabi
(see also https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45414656)
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PM/6ocn: Labour adopts full definition

this evening (tuesday 4th), 5.01-5.02pm, 5.05-5.13pm, 5.33-5.37pm, and 6.01-6.05pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by carolyn quinn) and six o’clock news include …

”Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee has announced it will adopt in full an internationally recognised definition of anti-semitism and all its examples. It says it will also include a statement to protect freedom of expression on israel and the rights of the Palestinians.“

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter jonathan blake
• bbc reporter ian watson
selma james, of camden momentum
stuart richardson, of socialist resistance, secretary of birmingham stop the war coalition
stan keable, secretary of labour against the witchhunt
harry saul markman, of herut uk
deborah markman
chris williamson mp
tom watson mp
john mann mp
• bbc reporter norman smith
joan ryan mp
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Today/W@1: Labour NEC to vote

this morning (tuesday 4th), 6.01-6.02am, 6.33-6.36am, 7.00-7.02am, 7.09-7.15am, 8.00-8.02am, and 8.10-8.23am, and this afternoon, 1.03-1.05pm, and 1.25-1.32pm, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by mishal husain and john humphrys) and world at one (presented by sarah montague) lead with …

Labour’s ruling body meets today to consider whether to adopt in full an international definition of anti-semitism, the issue that has plunged the party into turmoil and led to widespread criticism of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter ben wright
• bbc reporter norman smith
• professor david feldman, vice-chair of the chakrabarti enquiry
• bbc reporter laura kuenssberg
stephen kinnock mp
• journalist and activist michael segalov
tom watson mp
mike gapes mp
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Today: Frank Field resigns

this morning (friday 31st), 6.03-6.04am, 6.33-6.36am, 7.03-7.04am, 7.47am, 7.52-7.58am, 8.00-8.02am, and 8.55-8.59am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by mishal husain and nick robinson) leads with …

An ally of Jeremy Corbyn has accused the veteran Labour MP Frank Field of ’making grotesque slurs’ after he resigned the whip necause of the party’s stance on anti-semitism. In a local newspaper article published this morning, Mr Field urges the Labour leadership to end what he calls ’its racist tolerance of anti-semitism’, and expel local activists who intimidate other members.”
Frank Field has said he might step down and trigger a bye-election.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom barton
• bbc reporter chris mason
neil coyle mp
lloyd russell-moyle mp
• journalist stephen bush
• journalist john mcternan
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Newsnight: Labour anti-semitism row

yesterday evening (monday 6th), 10.44-10.48pm, on bbc 2 tv
newsnight (presented by evan davis) includes …

The Labour Party is seriously struggling to close down its anti-semitism row. Yesterday’s video apology for anti-semitism from Jeremy Corbyn didn’t convince many of his critics. Today, the party dropped disciplinary proceedings against Margaret Hodge, but still managed a new row involving lawyers over whether she had apologised or expressed regret for her behaviour. Even loyal Corbyn supporters have to concede that the party leadership has failed to grab the problem and dispose of it successfully. The infighting on social media over the weekend was quite something. Is this whole argument a potential trigger for much bigger trouble in Labour?”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter alex forsyth
aaron bastani, co-founder of far-left website novara media
stephen bush of the new statesman
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Today: Labour anti-semitism row

this morning (monday 6th), 6.05am, 7.05-7.07am, 7.39-7.40am, 7.56-7.58am, and 8.07-8.08am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by martha kearney) includes …

Jewish leaders have rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s latest attempt to end the anti-semitism row dogging the Labour Party. ”

including contributions from …
yvette cooper mp
• bbc reporter vicky young
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