Jeremy Corbyn has proposed changes to Labour’s complaints system to speed up the expulsion of members over anti-Semitism.He told his frontbench team he wanted to “confront this poison”, but the process sometimes took too long.A statement from shadow cabinet said they supported the proposals, but still backed “independent oversight” as well.Labour said eight party members were expelled in the first six months of 2019 over anti-Semitism allegations.Some 625 complaints were also received in that same period.Meanwhile, Labour peers have decided against voting on a no-confidence motion in Mr Corbyn over the issue. Two optionsThe developments come as the party launched “education materials” – including a leaflet and webpage- to help members confront anti-Semitism. Mr Corbyn said that while only a “small number” of members held anti-Semitic views, a larger number did not recognise stereotypes and conspiracy theories. Guide to anti-Semitism claims Calls for independent anti-Semitism process Starmer: Party has ‘duty to tackle anti-Semitism’ The current process for dealing with anti-Semitism allegations sees a disciplinary panel meet to examine claims. If they think there is a case against a member, they refer it to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee, which then has the power to suspend or expel individuals.Critics, including deputy leader… Read full this story
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