- Created: Friday, 01 March 2019 12:23
- Written by Robert Clough
1 March 2019: The Labour Party is once again in the midst of a self-generated crisis. In the past two weeks, eight MPs have split from it to form the Independent Group of MPs, citing the leadership's failure to back a second referendum on Brexit, and Corbyn's handling of anti-Semitism allegations. On 25 February the Labour leadership announced it would put forward or support an amendment in favour of a second referendum. Two days later, Labour MP for Derby North Chris Williamson was suspended for alleged anti-Semitism after announcing he would show a documentary in the House of Commons about the witchhunt of Jackie Walker for her alleged anti-Semitism. In a further example of its capitulation to the right-wing Parliamentary Labour Party, Corbyn’s leadership team has failed to defend Williamson for his real ‘crime’ – condemning the racism of the Israeli state. Robert Clough's article from FRFI 253, October/November 2016 reported on Corbyn’s inevitable concessions that started early in his leadership as he tried to hold the Labour Party together. We republish that article below.