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Union bosses 'smearing' antisemitism victims

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter, in Liverpool
A Jewish Labour MP has said the bosses of Britain's two biggest unions are "smearing" those complaining about antisemitism in the party.
Louise Ellman told Len McCluskey and Mark Serwotka, leaders of Unite and the PCS union, they were "playing with fire" by talking down the level of discrimination against Jews.
She said their interventions were "sinister" and strayed into "very dangerous waters".Mr McCluskey last month said claims Labour had a problem with antisemitism were "mood music".While Mr Serwotka, who is president-elect of the TUC, called them "a story that does not exist" and suggested the allegations were created by Israel to distract from its "atrocities".
Union bosses 'smearing' antisemitism victims

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Louise Ellman branded the union leaders' comments 'sinister'
Speaking at a Jewish Labour Movement event on the fringes of Labour's annual conference in Liverpool, Ms Ellman named them both and said: "The major trade unions not only smear the Jewish people and the Jewish community speaking out against antisemitism but then try to blame them for it."I think they're entering into very, very dangerous waters; they were playing with fire and I again call on them to withdraw those statements."Wes Streeting, another Labour MP, also named the two union bosses, accusing them of "actively creating" conditions for hatred against Jewish people "to fester".He said their actions were "worse" than "bystanders who choose to look the other way".
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