Corbyn Supporters Call On Deputy Leader To Quit With #ResignWatson Hashtag

6 August 2018, 09:59

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have used Twitter to call for the resignation of the party's deputy leader after he warned the party faces "eternal shame" over anti-semitism.

Tom Watson called on Mr Corbyn to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism, a move resisted by the party's national executive, in an interview with the Observer.

The deputy leader also said that Labour faces "eternal shame" over anti-semitism.

It came only a day after Mr Corbyn wrote an article for the Guardian where he promised to rid anti-semitism "poison" out of his party - the timing of which was criticised as it was published just an hour before the Sabbath - a day of religious observance and abstinence from work for Jewish people.

But Corbyn supporters had enough, and started campaigning for Mr Watson's resignation.

Those calling for Mr Watson to resign say that the party need a deputy leader that will support Mr Corbyn, and not 'stab him in the back'.

In support of Mr Watson, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, Stephen Pollard, wrote on Twitter that it was "genuinely frightening" that these people would become the "foundation of [Corbyn's] support base" if he wins.

David Miliband, a former foreign secretary, offered his support. He wished his thanks to Mr Watson for "recognising the gravity of Labour's situation."