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‘More whistleblowers ready to testify’ in anti-Semitism storm

Pledge: Deputy
leader Tom
Watson PICTURE: GETTY

DOZENS of Labour whistleblowers are reportedly ready to give evidence to an official anti-Semitism probe.

The news emerged in the wake of the devastating Panorama expose which Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson said had highlighted the ‘permissive culture’ towards vile abuse in the party.

He pledged: ‘I am not going to turn a blind eye to anti-Jewish racism.’

Peter Mason, national secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement, said his group had secured testimonies from 30 whistleblowers as part of the referral of the party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is investigating its handling of abuse. They apparently include serving members of staff.

Mr Watson has written to party general secretary Jennie Formby saying the way those who spoke to the BBC documentary have been treated is ‘deplorable’. He wrote: ‘These young people have been very brave to go before a camera and tell their stories.

‘The way they have been smeared, including by Labour spokespeople, is deplorable. Even if some in the party did not want to hear what they had to say, it is unacceptable to attempt to undermine their integrity.’

He urged the party to publish its submission to the commission, arguing ‘only sunlight can disinfect Labour’.

Labour has denied the claims, which it said were made by ‘disaffected employees’.