A Jewish Labour NEC (National Executive Committee) member has chastised the Times for fake news linking a supposed membership slump to recent trumped-up antisemitism claims by hostile organisations.
The Times’ Twitter account tweeted that 17,000 members have left the party over the last three months, but was corrected in a tweet by Rhea Wolfson:
The Times has used an out of date figure and has treated late-paying members as ‘quit’ – ignoring the fact that membership always drops at this point in the year as direct debits renew and some members go into arrears when debits ‘bounce’ for technical reasons or for lack of funds.
In fact, Labour’s latest membership figures show new members joining at almost three times the rate of actual resignations, although there was a slight lull at the height of the antisemitism slur.
This skewed representation by the Murdoch-owned Times comes hard on the heels of a Twitter claim by one of its journalists that only nineteen percent of Labour members recognise antisemitism in the party, when in fact the correct figure was ninety-six percent.
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