Pete Willsman says anti-Semitism is not widespread in Labour Party

Pete Willsman says anti-Semitism is not widespread in Labour Party

Corbyn ally secretly recorded ranting about ‘Jewish Trump fanatics’ insists anti-Semitism is NOT widespread in Labour and reveals party crackdown to stop future leaks

  • Pete Willsman has lifted the lid on this week’s Labour NEC meeting in a blog post
  • Members will be banned from taking phones into meetings to prevent leaks  
  • He was controversially re-elected to the ruling body despite explosive recording 
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An ally of Jeremy Corbyn secretly recorded ranting about ‘Jewish Trump fanatics’ has today insisted anti-Semitism is not widespread and severe in Labour.

Pete Willsman also revealed party bosses have announced a major crackdown to stop future leaks from meetings of Labour’s ruling NEC body after he was exposed.

It comes after he was controversially re-elected to the NEC on Monday despite being recorded saying the Jewish community invented the scandal rocking Labour. He later apologised for the remarks.

Mr Willsman sparked fresh controversy as he smiled and waved while Momentum activists cheered him when he turned up to a meeting at Labour HQ this week.

He has detailed what went on behind the scenes of the crunch meeting, where Labour finally adopted the international definition of anti-Semitism after months of party turmoil over the row.

In the report sent to Labour activists, he doubled down on his claim the anti-Semitism scandal has been overblown. 


Peter Willsman (pictured attending Labour’s NEC meeting in London on Tuesday) revealed that party bosses are banning members of the ruling group from taking their phones into future meetings as they try to stop leaks


His revelation comes after Jeremy Corbyn (pictured at a museum in Leicestershire today) finally agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism at the crunch meeting at Labour’s HQ on Tuesday

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Referring to his diatribe, which was recorded at an NEC meeting in July, he said: ‘We have some 550,000 members and so far, only some 100 cases of antisemitism have been brought before the NEC. 

‘No doubt, there are other examples to be found and, of course, one example is one too many. 

‘Nevertheless, the evidence does not support the assertion of “widespread and severe”.

Two Labour moderates lose confidence votes amid warnings of hard-left party purge


Joan Ryan (pictured outside the meeting in Enfield last night)  a leading critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis, lost the confidence motion by just two votes at a party meeting in Enfield, north London 

A leading Labour moderate is battling to hold on to her political career after she lost a crucial party vote as the hard-left try to oust her as an MP.

Joan Ryan, a leading critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis, lost the confidence motion by just two votes at a party meeting in Enfield, north London.

Ms Ryan, the chair of Labour Friends of Israel, blamed the bid to deselect her on ‘Trots, Stalinists, Communists and assorted hard left’.

But she vowed to stay on as the local MP, telling her Twitter followers ‘I am Labour through and through’ and she will not be quitting. 

And Gavin Shuker, Labour MP for Luton South, also lost a no confidence vote last night. 

Jewish leaders and Labour MPs immediately rallied to their colleagues’ defence – and slammed moves to oust them.

In extraordinary scenes at a Labour party meeting last night, activists packed into the hall to hear the outcome of Ms Ryan’s vote. 

And some erupted into loud cheers, jumped up and down and hugged one another when news that Ms Ryan had lost the vote 94 to 92 came through.

The moment was captured on video by Press TV – the Iranian state propaganda channel which Mr Corbyn has been criticised for appearing on – which jubilantly tweeted the result.

Ms Ryan, who was first elected to the seat when Tony Blair swept to power in his 1997 landslide, hit back at the moves to deselect her.

In a series of Twitter messages, she wrote: ‘So lost 92 to 94 votes hardly decisive victory and it never occurred to me that Trots Stalinists Communists and assorted hard left would have confidence in me. I have none in them.’

She added: ‘I will be out tomorrow morning working hard for the people of Enfield.

‘Just to be clear I will not be resigning. I am Labour through and through and I will continue to stand up and fight for Labour values.’

‘As I said to the NEC, I have not personally seen any examples of anti-Semitism in my nearly 50 years in the Party (and many party members have told me the same). 

‘In case anyone is confused, I was obviously speaking from my own personal experience as an individual party activist. 

‘The experience of being an NEC member is in a totally separate box and during 37 years as a member of all four national committees I have seen a whole range of quite dreadful things.’ 

He also revealed that party bosses are ushering in a crackdown to stop future leaks from the NEC meetings.

Party members will no longer be allowed to take mobile phones or laptops into the meetings or be able to dial in and take part remotely, he said. 

In a statement on the website Grassroots Labour, he wrote: ‘In recent years, there has been an unprecedented amount of leaking directly from NEC meetings while they are still in progress. 

‘The recording of my emotional outburst had brought matters to a head. 

‘It was agreed that in future all phones, computers and recording devices will be handed in before NEC meetings start. 

‘Also, NEC members not present will no longer be allowed to phone in – it is only recently that this has been allowed.

‘Also, the circulation of documents that include details of individual cases will normally not be circulated in advance. 

‘Whole cases have been leaked which opens the door to legal action against the Party.

‘The chair deeply regretted that we had to take this action but we had no choice.’

The revelations come as two Labour moderates were hit by no confidence votes by their local branches last night amid fears the left are trying to pursue a purge of the party.

Joan Ryan, chairwoman of Labour Friend of Israel and MP for Enfield North, and Gavin Shuker, MP for Luton South, both lost the votes.

But both vowed to stay on as MPs as they hit back at hard-left entryists.

Jewish leaders and Labour MPs immediately rallied to their colleagues’ defence – and slammed moves to oust them.

In extraordinary scenes at a Labour party meeting last night, activists packed into the hall to hear the outcome of Ms Ryan’s vote. 

And some erupted into loud cheers, jumped up and down and hugged one another when news that Ms Ryan had lost the vote 94 to 92 came through.

The moment was captured on video by Press TV – the Iranian state propaganda channel which Mr Corbyn has been criticised for appearing on – which jubilantly tweeted the result.

The Labour Party will launch a formal investigation into how the broadcaster got inside the meeting as all press were banned, Enfield Constituency Labour Party said.

Ms Ryan, who was first elected to the seat when Tony Blair swept to power in his 1997 landslide, hit back at the moves to deselect her.


Joan Ryan, a leading critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis, (pictured last night after the meeting in Enfield) lost the confidence motion by just two votes at a party meeting in Enfield, north London

In a series of Twitter messages, she wrote: ‘So lost 92 to 94 votes hardly decisive victory and it never occurred to me that Trots Stalinists Communists and assorted hard left would have confidence in me. I have none in them.’

She added: ‘I will be out tomorrow morning working hard for the people of Enfield.

‘Just to be clear I will not be resigning. I am Labour through and through and I will continue to stand up and fight for Labour values.’

Mr Shuker also vowed to stay on as Labour MP, writing on Twitter: ‘At a local Labour Party meeting last night a motion of no confidence in me was passed. 

‘It’s not part of any formal procedure, so it changes nothing about my role as Labour MP for Luton South.’

He added: ‘I’ve not changed, but the Labour Party has.’          

What is the timeline of anti-Semitic scandals which have erupted under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership?


Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) has been accused of failing to tackle the racism among his supporters 

The anti-Semitism scandal has dogged Labour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader  in 2015.

Here is a timeline of the controversies: 

April 2016:

Labour MP Naz Shah is suspended for anti-Semitic posts – including one in which she appeared to endorse calls for Israelis to be deported to the US. 

She apologised and was given a formal warning.  

Ken Livingstone goes on the radio to defend Ms Shah – but sparks fresh controversy by claiming that Hitler supported Zionism. 

He is suspended by Labour but refuses to apologise and has repeated the claim many times.

He eventually quits Labour two years later, saying his suspension has become a distraction.

June 2016: 

A two-month inquiry by civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti finds that Labour is not overrun by anti-Semitism. 

But the launch is overshadowed when Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth flees it in tears after being accused by Corbyn supporter Marc Wadsworth of colluding with the press.

Critics accuse the report of being a whitewash and Ms Chakrabarti is widely criticised for accepting a peerage from Jeremy Corbyn shortly afterwards.

October 2016: 

The Home Affairs Select Committee says Labour is guilty of incompetence over its handling of anti-Semitism and of creating a safe space for people with ‘vile attitudes towards Jewish people’.

March 2018: 

It is revealed that Jeremy Corbyn defended an artist who painted an anti-Semitic mural and said the offensive art should be removed.

He apologises saying he did not properly look at the picture before he made the post.

Jewish leaders take the unprecedented step of holding a demonstration outside Parliament protesting Mr Corbyn’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism.

Several Labour MPs address the crowds.

April 2018:

Marc Wadsworth is expelled from Labour after being accused of anti-Semitism. 

Meanwhile, Labour Jewish MPs tell of the anti-Semitic abuse they have suffered in a powerful parliamentary debate – and round on their leader for failing to tackle it. 

July 2018:

The Labour leadership sparks fresh anger by failing to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism

Peter Willsman, a strong ally of Jeremy Corbyn, is secretly taped ranting that Jewish ‘Trump fanatics’ invented the anti-Semitism storm engulfing Labour. 

In an angry diatribe at a meeting of Labour’s ruling executive committee, he said he was ‘amazed’ there was evidence party members hated Jews.

He claimed ‘some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump – they are Trump fanatics’ before shouting: ‘So I am not going to be lectured to by Trump fanatics making up duff information without any evidence at all.’

August 2018:

Jeremy Corbyn issues a video insisting he is committed to tackling the racism – but it is panned by Jewish leaders.

Corbynistas mount a social media campaign to get deputy Labour leader Tom Watson to quit after he criticises the party’s handling of anti-Semitism. 

The Daily Mail exclusively publishes photos of Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath at a ceremony where a terrorist linked to the Munich massacre was honoured.

The Labour leader insists he was there to honour others killed – but faces fresh calls to quit over the scandal. 

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