Right-wing ‘unpleasant bully’ Labour MP turned Tory supporter attacks Jewish left MP and SCG colleagues
Ian Austin, the right-wing former Labour MP called an ‘unpleasant bully’ for his attack on Jeremy Corbyn during the then-Labour leader’s Commons speech on the Chilcot report, has demanded that Keir Starmer ‘withdraw the whip’ from members of the left-wing Socialist Campaign Group of MPs (SCG) who signed a letter condemning the expulsion of world-famous socialist and film director Ken Loach from the party.
Austin told the Jewish Chronicle that he was glad that Loach had been ‘dealt with’, but wanted to know why Starmer had not withdrawn the whip from the MPs who signed the letter. Labour national executive (NEC) member told the same paper that those who signed did ‘not take antisemitism seriously’.
Those signatories include senior left MP Jon Trickett, who is Jewish by matrilineal descent – his mother was Jewish. He has suffered a racially-motivated attack for his Jewishness, for which his attacker was convicted at Leeds Crown Court.
Austin, although adopted by Jewish parents, is not Jewish. Nor is Akehurst.
Labour has been reported to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over its purge of left-wing Jews from the party and its nullification of their Jewish identity.
Now a non-Jew is demanding the expulsion of a Jewish left MP, presuming to know better than Jon Trickett whether Ken Loach is a figure worthy of support and solidarity. Discrimination against and purging of left-wing Jews in the party continues to burgeon under Keir Starmer, alongside rampant Islamophobia, anti-black racism and anti-Gypsy Traveller racism.
Luke Akehurst has been contacted for comment. Ian Austin has insisted that he does not wish to be contacted by Skwawkbox for any reason. In order to comply with the IMPRESS editors’ code, he has therefore not been asked.
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