- Created: Friday, 19 April 2019 10:52
- Written by Robert Clough
The divisions in the Labour Party are becoming uncontainable. The decision of seven Labour MPs on 18 February to split and set up The Independent Group (TIG) marks a new stage in the struggle of the dominant right wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) to remove Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Corbyn himself has shown that he will not stand up to these attacks: maintaining the unity of the Labour Party has been his justification for a series of concessions to his political enemies.
This, however, has not stemmed the attacks. Jackie Walker’s expulsion on 27 March follows the suspension of left-wing MP Chris Williamson, a prominent Corbyn supporter, for alleged anti-Semitism, all part of a strategy to intimidate anyone expressing even mild support for the Palestinian people. Such support is now routinely claimed to be in breach of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. Behind this lies an equally serious intent – to create a hostile environment within Labour for anyone with the slightest anti-capitalist sentiment. Robert Clough reports.