THREE senior peers have resigned the Labour whip amid the continuing row over anti-Semitism in its ranks.
Lord Triesman, a former general secretary, foreign office minister and chairman of the Football Association, said the party and its leadership are ‘institutionally anti-Semitic’.
‘Anti-Semites are shielded and solid serious party members are thrown out unceremoniously,’ he said.
Former health secretary Lord Darzi said he had ‘zero tolerance’ for anti-Semitism or any other form of religious or racial discrimination. He will now sit as an independent.
Lord Turnberg said he feared for Labour’s future due to the ‘overt’ anti-Semitism that ‘permeates the party machine’.
Labour rejected the peers’ ‘false and offensive’ claims and insisted it was taking ‘decisive action against a tiny minority of members involved in alleged anti-Semitism’.