Britain’s Labour Party Anti-Semitism Dispute Surfaces Again

LONDON (AP) -
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U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. (Reuters/Phil Noble)

The long-running dispute in Britain’s opposition Labour Party over anti-Semitism in its ranks is bubbling over again amid complaints that the party’s new anti-Semitism code does not go far enough.

A parliamentary Labour Party meeting is set for Monday with some legislators challenging the code backed by party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

There is also a dispute over whether leading Jewish lawmaker Margaret Hodge should face a disciplinary review for calling Corbyn an anti-Semite.

Hodge, who has long roots in the Labour Party, lost family members in the Holocaust. She has challenged Corbyn in recent days.

She told the BBC on Monday she would not leave the party despite a spate of abuse.

“I am going to fight within the Labour Party and it is terrible that in 2018 I have to do that,” she said.