70% of Labour members still think the party has no problem with Jew hate and don't want Corbyn expelled

One year after Sir Keir Starmer vowed to purge Labour of the “poison” of antisemitism, an exclusive poll for the JC reveals a party that remains in denial about the scale of the crisis, with large numbers still in thrall to Jeremy Corbyn.

The YouGov survey found that 70 per cent of Labour members dismissed the party’s problem with antisemitism. In echoes of Mr Corbyn’s claim that the issue had been “dramatically overstated”, almost half (46 per cent) thought the scale of the allegations were “exaggerated”, while 24 per cent said the party did not have a serious problem.

Significant support for the toxic former leader remains, with a striking 72 per cent of members insisting that he should not be expelled from the party.

Almost a third of those polled, 29 per cent, thought that Sir Keir was doing a worse job than Mr Corbyn, who quit in 2020 after leading Labour to its worst general election defeat since 1935.

The poll also disclosed that hostility towards Israel remains rampant amongst Labour’s rank-and-file, with almost half of respondents (49%) agreeing with the suggestion that Israel is an “apartheid state” .

The revelations highlight the scale of the challenge that still faces Sir Keir, who pledged on his first day as leader to tear antisemitism out by the roots and restore trust with the Jewish community.

YouGov polled more than 1,000 party members to see if Labour had faced up to the scale of the crisis gripping their party.

The revelations come despite a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last October which found “significant failings” in Labour’s handling of antisemitism complaints and concluded that it had broken the law.

Labour Against Antisemitism insisted that the party needed a “culture change”.

A Labour spokesperson said: “There is absolutely no place for antisemitism in the Labour Party and we are committed to rooting it out. Under Keir Starmer’s leadership we are getting on with implementing our action plan agreed with the EHRC, and working hard to restore the confidence of the Jewish community.”

Source: TheJC