Harry Yorke — The Telegraph.co.uk April 4, 2018
Jewish leaders will tell Jeremy Corbyn to prove his “militant” opposition to anti-Semitism by expelling his old ally Ken Livingstone from Labour, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
The Labour leader will be told during a face-to-face meeting to bring the two-year investigation into Mr Livingstone’s conduct to a close if he is serious about cleansing his party of anti-Jewish hatred.
It comes after Mr Corbyn defended his decision to attend a Passover event hosted by Jewdas, a left-wing group which has described Israel as a “steaming pile of sewage” which needs to be “properly disposed of”.
His attendance at the Seder celebration on Monday was heavily criticised by mainstream Jewish groups, who questioned his commitment to tackling anti-Semitism in the wake of an unprecedented demonstration outside of Parliament last week.
Mr Corbyn is also under to pressure to overhaul Labour’s disciplinary process and bring investigations into suspended members to a “swift conclusion”, after it emerged that several have dragged on for more than 18 months.
With relations between the Labour leader and the Jewish community at an all-time low, he has finally agreed to meet with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss their concerns.
Jennie Formby, Labour’s new General Secretary, is also expected to attend.
Writing on Tuesday evening, Mr Corbyn said that he would be happy to meet them “without any preconditions”, adding: “I place no limitations on the points you would wish to raise”.
However, a source close to the Jewish leaders warned last night that the success of the meeting will hinge on whether Mr Corbyn is prepared to move against Mr Livingstone and expel him permanently.
While Mr Livingstone’s case will form a “key component” of the meeting, the source added that Mr Corbyn is expected to come bearing “concrete, practical outcomes” on how to deal with the crisis.
“Expelling Ken Livingstone will be a key component of all the things they will be raising,” they continued.
Courtesy Peter Myers, Australia