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Labour peers quit whip over anti-Semitism

‘Institutional’: Lord Triesman PICTURE: ANL/REX

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’.