Labour shadow minister outraged at claims that he belted out Hey Jews to the tune of Hey Jude

Jeremy Corbyn is forced to investigate claims that one of his shadow ministers belted out ‘Hey Jews‘ to the tune of ‘Hey Jude‘ during a raucous bus journey as Labour is dragged into ANOTHER anti-semitism row that threatens to rip apart the party

Jeremy Corbyn said today he will investigate allegations that a member of his shadow cabinet sang ‘Hey Jews‘ to the tune of the Beatles song ‘Hey Jude‘, as accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party threaten to derail his election campaign.

Shadow international development secretary Dan Carden is alleged to have sung the altered version while on a coach to from  on March 15 last year while he was still a junior shadow minister.  

Asked about the reports on a visit to Leeds, Labour leader Mr Corbyn said: ‘Dan Carden has emphatically denied that. It is an awful story and if it‘s true it is utterly and totally unacceptable. I am looking into it.‘ 

MPs from Labour and other parties were also on the private bus when Mr Carden allegedly chanted ‘Jews, Jews, Jews‘ at the top of his voice as the chorus reached the word ‘Jude‘ – and Mr Carden says if there were any truth in the claims revealed by , which he categorically denies, it would have emerged at the time, not immediately before a general election. 

The news comes after Labour‘s election campaign suffered a heavy blow with former home secretary David Blunkett saying the ‘anti-Semitism‘ and ‘thuggery‘ in the party makes him ‘despair‘ – arguing their best hope is now for a hung parliament.

The party has been embroiled in an extraordinary crisis after a dozen election candidates found themselves caught in controversy in the past week – including Gideon Bull, who quit the race in Clacton, Essex after allegedly referring to a Jewish councillor as Shylock.

Laura McAlpine, who is aiming to unseat Conservative Robert Halfon in Harlow, has been accused of defending her chief campaigner after he wrote about a ‘Jewish final solution‘, according to Jewish News. 

And Kate Linnegar, a candidate in North Swindon, posted messages about ‘Holocaust mongers‘ and liked a post entitled ‘How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party‘s anti-Semitism crisis‘.

Ex-Labour whip Conor McGinn, thought to be considering standing for the position of Labour‘s deputy following the departure of Tom Watson, is also alleged to have branded another party member a ‘poof‘ on the night of the alleged ‘Hey Jude‘ incident in 2018.

One week before the festival the party suspended several members for posting what were said to be anti-Semitic remarks online. 

Ex-Labour whip Conor McGinn branded another party member a ‘poof‘ on the evening of March 15 2018, it has been claimed

Ten days after the alleged incident, Mr Carden tweeted: ‘Jeremy Corbyn has committed his entire life to fighting all forms of racism and fascism – and under his leadership there is no place for anti-semitism in the Labour Party.‘

Mr Carden today said: ‘I have been categorical in my denial about allegations relating to a coach trip some twenty months ago. 

‘This was a coach full of journalists and MPs. If anyone genuinely believed any anti-semitic behaviour had taken place, they would‘ve had a moral responsibility to report it immediately. 

‘Yet this allegation is only made now when a General Election is imminent. 

‘I stand by my record as an anti racist campaigner. I would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms.‘ 

Party leader Mr Corbyn, who today called for better flood management ahead of a visit to deluged communities, said he would look into the allegation.  

It was also claimed Mr McGinn had been sat next to a tired male Labour colleague who had been asleep for much of the journey – and when McGinn‘s colleague ‘slumped onto him‘ across their seats McGinn loudly told him to get off, calling him a ‘poof‘.

McGinn‘s spokesperson defended his record on LGBT issues.

A spokesperson for Mr Carden told Buzzfeed: ‘Daniel Carden has been a committed campaigner in support of LGBT rights and against all forms of racism and hatred, his entire political life. As a homosexual man he would never intentionally engage in homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic behaviour.‘

The spokesperson added that if there had been genuine concerns about his behaviour, they should have been raised then instead of some 20 months later just before a general election.   

A spokesperson for Mr McGinn said his record as a ‘staunch supporter of the LGBT community speaks for itself‘, having led the campaign that delivered a law change to extend ‘equal marriage to the whole of the UK.‘  

RABBI SAID IDEA OF CORBYN-LED GOVERNMENT MAKES HIM FEEL UNSAFE 

Today‘s accusations come at the end of a dismal week for Mr Corbyn, which has seen the resignation of his deputy Tom Watson, a string of election candidates caught in controversy, a full-frontal attack from the Jewish Chronicle, as well as Rabbi Jonathan Romain savaging the party‘s battle with anti-Semitism

Rabbi Romain said the prospect of a Corbyn-led government made him feel unsafe.

He added: ‘For those of us in the Jewish community, it is a deeply worrying prospect.

‘Indeed, I believe that Corbyn poses such a threat to Britain‘s Jews that it is incumbent on all Jewish leaders to speak out.‘

Lord Blunkett, who was an MP for 28 years and now sits as a Labour peer in the upper chamber, this week said the likelihood of winning a majority was ‘extraordinarily slim‘, but nonetheless urged moderates within the party to ‘stay and fight‘ to ensure the ‘voice of reason‘ prevailed.

His comments came after a bruising week for the party which has seen two of its former MPs urge voters to back the Tories instead.

Writing in us , Lord Blunkett said: ‘The behaviour of the hard-Left within the Labour Party – the anti-Semitism, the thuggery, the irrational views on security and international issues, and the lack of realisation that you have to embrace a big tent of people in order to win – certainly makes me despair.

‘But it also makes the likelihood of an all-out Labour majority in this general election extraordinarily slim. The political landscape right now is completely different to what the hard-Left would have you believe.

‘We are in a 1983 situation here, not a 2017 one – with not only the Lib Dems and the Greens, but the Brexit Party, the Tories and the SNP all seriously vying for traditional Labour votes.‘

Ian Austin and John Woodcock said they would be supporting the Conservatives as they did not believe Mr Corbyn was fit to be in Number 10.

And on Friday, Dame Margaret Hodge – one of the most prominent Jewish figures in Labour – declined to endorse the Opposition leader as prime minister.  

Mr Corbyn, asked about Lord Blunkett‘s comments on a visit to Leeds, said: ‘I‘m sorry that David Blunkett has chosen this time to say that.

‘I lead a party that is huge – it‘s half a million members. I lead a party that‘s very determined to tackle inequality, poverty and injustice in this country.‘  

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson came under fire after he suggested his Brexit agreement was a ‘great deal‘ for Northern Ireland as it would retain access to the EU single market and maintain freedom of movement.

Labour will attempt to get its campaign back on track as Jeremy Corbyn visits Leeds to announce proposals to provide 30 hours per week of free care to all children aged between two and four.

Mr Corbyn and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner will announce the proposals to provide 30 hours‘ publicly-funded childcare every week for all pre-school children over the age of two.

It comes on top of a £1 billion investment programme to reverse Conservative cuts in order to open 1,000 extra Sure Start centres in England to support young families.

According to party-commissioned analysis from the independent House of Commons Library, Labour‘s election childcare offer has the potential to save the average parent of a two-year-old more than £5,000 every year.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, will pledge to create 50 million more appointments in GP surgeries every year if the party wins a majority at the December poll.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the additional appointments – to be in place by 2024-25 – would be made possible by thousands more doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

Outlining plans for 6,000 more doctors in GP surgeries, he told Sky‘s Sophy Ridge on Saturday: ‘The NHS is doing more than ever before, it‘s more productive than ever before, it‘s got more funding than ever before.

‘And I am completely straightforward where there are problems like the pressure on GP services: we will fix them.‘

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson also hit the campaign trail on Saturday as she sets out her party‘s vision to stop Brexit and ‘build a brighter future‘ at a rally in London.

The party will announce plans to introduce free childcare for children aged between nine months and 24 months where their parents are in work.

It has also pledged to provide free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four for 35 hours per week for 48 weeks a year.

Elsewhere, the Conservatives have come under fire as the Guardian reported the number of NHS patients having surgery in private hospitals has nearly trebled since 2010.

The paper said the NHS paid for 214,967 people in England to have an operation in a private hospital in 2009-10, but that the figure rose to 613,833 last year.  

 

Jeremy Corbyn‘s dirty dozen: The 12 would-be Labour MPs who have ALL been mired in controversy in just 24 hours – from calling a Jewish councillor a ‘Shylock‘ to threatening to ‘put a gun to Theresa May‘s head‘

Labour was embroiled in an extraordinary crisis yesterday after a string of its election candidates found themselves caught in controversy.

In the space of 24 hours, three have been forced to quit while nine others came under pressure to step down after controversial remarks they had made in the past were exposed.

The row is highly embarrassing for leader at the end of the first week of the election campaign. 

In total, a dozen Labour candidates have faced controversy in the past seven days.

In a day of disaster for the party, one candidate was forced to quit after allegedly referring to a Jewish councillor as Shylock.

Another came under pressure to stand down after sharing misogynistic posts about female politicians. 

A third has been accused of defending her adviser who wrote about a ‘Jewish final solution‘ by suggesting that ‘the context somewhat excuses the remarks‘.

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Yesterday, Liz Truss, minister for women and equalities, said the revelations were a ‘shocking indictment‘ of Mr Corbyn‘s leadership.

She added: ‘Some of the views held by these official Labour candidates are completely unacceptable. They are not fit to serve in Parliament. Why will he not show some leadership, take action and tell them to stand down?

‘He promised a kinder politics yet his feeble response to this crisis in his party show that he is simply not fit to lead.‘

But a Labour source said: ‘We‘ve conducted extensive due diligence checks on candidates and we have taken swift and robust action where necessary.

‘In a snap general election hundreds of candidates have to be immediately selected and staff have worked incredibly hard to conduct due diligence in time.‘

The candidates are:

Gone: Gideon Bull was forced to quit the race for Clacton

Called Jewish politician Shylock

1. Gideon Bull was forced to stand down after allegedly referring to a Jewish councillor as Shylock.

He pulled out of the race for Clacton in Essex, after admitting that he had used the anti-Semitic slur.

But it emerged that Labour knew about the anti-Semitic comments before selecting Mr Bull, a councillor in Haringey, north London, as a candidate. The party has not commented on the case.

He said it was ‘entirely false‘ that he had been referring to councillor Zena Brabazon, but admitted using the term during a private meeting.

Incredibly, he claimed he did not realise that the Shakespearean villain was Jewish. Shylock is a ruthless Jewish moneylender and principal antagonist in The Merchant of Venice.

Misogynistic web posts

2. Ian Byrne came under pressure to quit after sharing misogynistic posts about female politicians. The councillor, who was personally backed by Jeremy Corbyn, shared a post about Baroness Mone saying: ‘Hit the **** where it hurts‘, LBC reported.

Mr Byrne, candidate for the safe seat of Liverpool West Derby also posted a Facebook message saying Tory housing minister Esther McVey was a ‘b****** and soon to be gone‘.

Despite the comments, he was selected as a candidate and has not been dropped by the party. On Thursday, the Labour leader gave a speech in Manchester with Mr Byrne sat behind him.

Mr Byrne was also forced to apologise for making jokes about the Paralympic Games looking like ‘a night out in Salford‘ and for making a homophobic slur in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, he called Prince William a ‘horse faced t***‘.

A statement from Mr Byrne read: ‘I am deeply sorry for the inappropriate and offensive language from the shopfloor that I used several years ago on social media and would not use today.‘

Accused over ‘final solution‘

3. Laura McAlpine has been accused of defending her chief campaigner after he wrote about a ‘Jewish final solution‘.

Miss McAlpine, who is aiming to unseat Conservative Robert Halfon in Harlow, is said to have supported aide Brett Hawksbee, according to Jewish News.

This was despite one party official warning he had ‘breached IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism) in almost every single way possible‘.

Mr Hawksbee blogged in September 2018 that some in Israel would be happy to see a ‘pogrom in Gaza and the West Bank, a Jewish final solution to the Palestine problem‘.

One email circulated to Labour staffers, which was obtained by the Jewish News, said: ‘She [McAlpine] isn‘t happy with the first line [of the apology] because she doesn‘t want to be disloyal to someone who ‘organises so much for her and who she is on the phone with three times a day‘.‘

The email continued: ‘She also echoed his view that the context somewhat excuses the remarks.‘

Yesterday, Miss McAlpine said: ‘I did not and would not defend Brett Hawksbee‘s remarks in this blog.

‘Brett‘s comparison between Israel and the Nazis was unacceptable and last year he made a full apology for making such a comparison.‘

Union: Kate Osborne. Osborne shared an image appearing to show Theresa May with a gun to her head

Shared Theresa May gun image

4. Kate Osborne shared an image appearing to show Theresa May with a gun to her head, prompting calls for Labour to block her as a candidate.

Ms Osborne, who is expected to be parachuted into the safe seat of Jarrow, appeared to post the ‘deeply concerning‘ image on Facebook during the 2017 general election campaign.

It depicts the former prime minister wincing while being threatened with a weapon to stop saying the words ‘strong and stable‘, according to the HuffPost.

Ms Osborne, who is a member of Unite the union‘s executive council, apologised unreservedly, adding that as a woman she was ‘extremely concerned‘ about the misogyny her colleagues received.

Frances Hoole, who was selected for Edinburgh South West, was accused of posting a threatening tweet aimed at her rival, the SNP‘s Joanna Cherry

Sent threatening tweet about rival

5. Frances Hoole, who was selected for Edinburgh South West, was accused of posting a threatening tweet aimed at her rival, the SNP‘s Joanna Cherry.

The tweet had the slogan ‘bang and the Terf [trans-exclusionary radical feminist] is gone‘.

The term Terf is used to insult equality campaigners who do not agree that transgender rights take precedence over women‘s rights.

Miss Cherry, who brought the court case against the Government for proroguing Parliament, shared the tweet, saying she had received a death threat and a ‘storm of misogynistic abuse for defending women‘s rights‘.

Miss Hoole told the Edinburgh Evening News: ‘I am genuinely really sorry I posted it. I‘m sorry about the violent content. It was silly, I posted it without looking very hard at it.‘

In light of the tweet Scottish Labour‘s executive committee, removed her as the candidate.

Fought to keep strip club open

6. Sophie Wilson campaigned with strippers against the closure of a lap dancing club, prompting calls for her to be dropped as a candidate. Opponents of the Spearmint Rhino club in Sheffield claimed the venue was associated with ‘sexual exploitation‘ of women.

But Miss Wilson, 23, who has been selected to fight Rotherham, called those who wanted to close the club ‘so gross‘ and said they were ‘trashy SWERFS‘ (sex worker-exclusionary radical feminists).

Campaigners against the club include Sammy Woodhouse, a victim of the Rotherham child sex grooming gangs, who accused Miss Wilson of ‘disgusting‘ behaviour.

Miss Wilson, a city councillor in Sheffield, insists that she was supporting the rights of those working at Spearmint Rhino and not backing the exploitation of women or club bosses.

Child abuse comparisons 

7. Kate Ramsden stood down in Gordon, Scotland, after it emerged that she had compared the actions of Israel to those of a child abuser.

In a blog post, she also reportedly said anti-Semitism claims against Jeremy Corbyn were ‘orchestrated by the wealthy Establishment‘. Miss Ramsden apologised and said: ‘I can see that many Jewish people have been hurt by my words. That was never my intention.‘

‘I‘ll celebrate Blair‘s death‘

8. Zarah Sultana is still under pressure to quit after she said she would ‘celebrate‘ the death of Tony Blair. The candidate for Coventry South also referred to a Jewish student as ‘YT‘ – from the slang ‘whitey‘, which is used to disparage white people.

Earlier this week it was revealed that she said she would ‘celebrate‘ the deaths of Mr Blair and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Miss Sultana apologised but refused to stand down as a candidate.

Ali Milani, the Labour candidate seeking to oust Boris Johnson made anti-Semitic comments online

9/11 Conspiracy theories 

9. Ali Milani, the Labour candidate seeking to oust Boris Johnson, made anti-Semitic comments online and promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories. The Momentum-backed candidate, who is challenging the Prime Minister for his seat in Uxbridge, west London, used the tag ‘#jew‘ and the word Zionist as an insult in messages.

And he claimed the September 11, 2001, terror attacks were ‘false flag‘ operations, suggesting the US government was behind them. He said later: ‘I made some remarks I‘m deeply embarrassed by and have unreservedly apologised for.‘

Compared Blair with Hitler 

10. Jane Aitchison compared celebrating the death of Tony Blair to cheering the death of Adolf Hitler. The candidate for Pudsey in West Yorkshire made the controversial comments as she tried to defend Miss Sultana‘s comments about the former prime minister.

Miss Aitchison said: ‘I apologise for causing offence, but I said in the interview that I did not condone anyone celebrating the death of anyone, and I do not.‘

Matt Uberoi was jailed for a £120,000 insider trading scam with his dentist father in 2009

Jailed for £120,000 insider trading

11. Matt Uberoi was jailed for a £120,000 insider trading scam with his dentist father in 2009.

Despite his one-year sentence for the scam, he is running in Chelsea and Fulham. When ed by the Daily Mail, Mr Uberoi said he would have been fully within his rights to keep his conviction secret.

He and Labour both said he had instead been ‘up front and honest‘ about his jail term to the local and national party and had learned from his mistake. He already serves as a councillor.

‘Holocaust monger‘ messages 

12. Kate Linnegar posted messages about ‘Holocaust mongers‘ and liked a post entitled ‘How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party‘s anti-Semitism crisis‘.

She also liked another post which described the Jewish State as a ‘so-called country‘ and defended former London mayor Ken Livingstone as a ‘decent man‘.

Miss Linnegar propagated material which claimed allegations Labour was biased against Jews were a ‘smear campaign‘, and a post which ‘compared the actions of Israel to Nazi Germany‘.

Despite this, she is standing as a candidate in North Swindon.

Last night she said: ‘I sincerely apologise for having liked or shared these posts in the past and for the offence this has caused.‘

The Labour Party added: ‘Kate made full apologies and demonstrated her understanding of why the posts were wrong.‘  

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