VETERAN MP John Mann resigned from the Labour party after 18 years in parliament, blasting Jeremy Corbyn for letting anti-Semites “hijack the soul” of the party.
Mann said he would never forgive the Labour leader over his handling of the anti-Semitism row as he stood down. So why did he resign?
Why did John Mann resign from the Labour party?
Mann quit the Commons to be able to fully focus on his new role as the Government’s anti-Semitism tsar.
He was appointed into the role by former Prime Minister Theresa May, however Boris Johnson upgraded the role.
He has said he wanted to tackle the issue of anti-Semitism head on.
And while he admitted it was a “sacrifice”, he said he wasn’t prepared to support Corbyn as a Prime Minister.
The news comes amid ongoing tension between Mann and the Labour party.
Earlier in September, Mann, who backs Brexit, lashed his leadership’s petty parliamentary tricks.
In a fiery tweet, he raged: “Oh these clever people. Let’s spit on the working class and a majority of the electorate. Stop Brexit. Then ask them to vote us into power.
“We are dealing with people who don’t respect the views of the people.”
Oh these clever people. Let’s spit on the working class and a majority of the electorate. Stop Brexit. Then ask them to vote us into power. We are dealing with people who don’t respect the views of the people
John Mann MP
What did he say about Corbyn?
Mann took aim at Corbyn for his failure to tackle the ongoing row that has seen more than half a dozen MPs quit in protest.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, the 50-year-old said: “Corbyn has given the green light to the anti-Semites and having done so has sat there and done nothing to turn that round.”
He added: “Every time I go into a meeting with a group of Jewish people, I wince when they raise the issue of the Labour Party and Corbyn. It is impossible to overstate the anger that I have about that.
“He has not just hijacked my political party; he has hijacked its soul and its ethics. I will never forgive him for that.”
Mann’s great-grandfather helped form the Leeds branch of the Labour Party in 1906.
He has not just hijacked my political party; he has hijacked its soul and its ethics. I will never forgive him for that
What are the criticisms against Corbyn?
Since Corbyn became leader in 2015, he has been dogged by critics claiming the party harbours anti-Semitic activists and campaigners among its membership.
Labour has come under fire over its handling of disciplinary action against members accused of making anti-Semitic remarks – such as Ken Livingstone, who was suspended for two years for claiming Hitler was a Zionist.
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Jeremy Corbyn insists he is “not an anti-Semite in any form”. His supporters say he has spent his career opposing racism.
But he had admitted Labour had a “real problem” with anti-Semitism within the party and vowed he would “root out” any abuse.
Corbyn was this week labelled a “chicken” by Mr Johnson for blocking his demands for a general election.
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