By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline
Published: 13:56 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 14:15 GMT, 1 March 2019
Diane Abbott's local Labour branch has been dragged into a new anti-Semitism row after saying it was a 'scandal' to describe the party as racist.
The Hackney North and Stoke Newington Constituency Labour Party (CLP) voted in favour of a measure on Thursday night blasting the idea that Jeremy Corbyn's party was 'institutionally anti-Semitic'.
It came the day after Mr Corbyn's friend and ally Chris Williamson was suspended for saying Labour had been 'too apologetic' about anti-Jewish abuse claims, prompting uproar from MPs.
The motion was passed by 45 votes to 35, with 14 abstentions, with those opposed to it left in tears, the Jewish Chronicle reported.