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Labour’s anti-Semitism row heats up as MP claims leadership has 'hatred of Jews'

Jeremy Corbyn faces another flare-up of the anti-Semitism row which has dogged Labour for weeks. Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

Accusations of anti-Semitism continue to consume Labour as a senior party figure claimed the leadership has a “hatred of Jews”.

Dame Margaret Hodge made the damning claim as she launched a fresh all-out attack on Jeremy Corbyn.

The former minister, who attends a Jewish Labour Movement conference in London on Sunday with ex-PM Gordon Brown, told the Sunday Times: “All (the leadership) can think about is their internal Labour party and their hatred of Jews.

“Jeremy has allowed anti-Semitism and racism to run rife. He needs to renounce much of what he did.”

Hodge's attack comes after Frank Field resigned the Labour whip amid the anti-Semitism row. Credit: PA

Labour MPs are said to be poised to hold another vote of no confidence in Mr Corbyn’s leadership, according to the Sunday Times.

Mr Corbyn brushed aside a 172 to 40 defeat in a similar vote in 2016, insisting his mandate from grassroots members was more important.

In a sign of deepening tension within the party, shadow chancellor John McDonnell admitted he is “worried” about the prospect of a split in Labour ranks.

The comments come in the wake of veteran MP Frank Field resigning the whip after accusing the leadership of presiding over a party which is becoming a “force for anti-Semitism”.

Mr McDonnell told the New Statesman: “Yes, I think there are people who are willing to leave the party.

John McDonnell urged Labour members to stick together Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

“I think I’m saddened by that. I really am saddened and I’m disappointed.”

Referring to concerns over anti-Semitism, Brexit and MPs’ careers, Mr McDonnell said: “If those are the issues that people want to split on, these are all issues which can be dealt with within the party.

“And I don’t see them as fundamental issues that would encourage a split because there are opportunities for people not just to express their views, but actually sometimes to win the argument as well.

“So I don’t understand why there is this sort of pre-emptive move to split off.

“So I’m worried and I’m saddened by that and I think that open door is always there to prevent that happening, because any split is automatically damaging.”

Mr McDonnell added that he wants the anti-Semitism issue in the party resolved “as quickly as possible”.