Row as Diane Abbott's constituency party 'firmly rejects' claims Labour is ...

Fresh anti-Semitism row as Diane Abbott's constituency party 'firmly rejects' claims Labour is 'institutionally racist' leaving Jewish members in tears Hackney North and Stoke Newington Constituency Labour Party facing criticism Its motion attacked idea that Labour is 'institutionally anti-Semitic' Passed the day after Corbyn ally Chris Williamson was suspended He had said party was 'too apologetic' about anti-Semitism, sparking uproar

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 13:56 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 14:15 GMT, 1 March 2019

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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.

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