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Labour MP Refuses To Say Whether Party Needs New Leader After Anti-Semitism Row
7 August 2018, 09:48
A Labour MP says there is a lack of trust between the Jewish community and the Labour Party, but refused to tell Nick Ferrari whether the party needs a new leader.
Louise Ellman said that the Labour Party should use the widely adopted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism.
The Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside told Nick Ferrari that if the definition was not taken up, that there would be "real questions" about why Labour is "finding this so difficult".
"There's such a lack of trust on this issue between the Jewish community and the Labour party," she said.
"And it's not just the Jewish community, it's about all people who are concerned about racism and anti-semitism."
When pressed whether Labour needed a new leader, the MP said: "We've got a leader, and we have to work with the leader we have.
She said: "He has to do the right thing, and getting rid of the scourge of anti-semitism in the party is the first thing he should tackle."
Nick said: "Yes, 'we've got a leader' doesn't necessarily mean you don't think it needs a new leader?"
Her reply: "We've got a leader."