Leading Jewish donor who has given £1.5million ditches Corbyn's Labour party

Sir David Garrard (pictured), who has donated around £1.5million to Labour since 2003, has quit the party after claiming it has 'supported and endorsed the most blatant acts of anti-Semitism'

Sir David Garrard (pictured), who has donated around £1.5million to Labour since 2003, has quit the party after claiming it has 'supported and endorsed the most blatant acts of anti-Semitism'

One of Labour's biggest private donors has left the party after claiming it has 'supported and endorsed the most blatant acts of anti-Semitism'.

The latest blow to Jeremy Corbyn's party came as one of his allies quit a senior leadership post after becoming embroiled in a scandal for defending a Labour member of holocaust denial. 

Sir David Garrard, who has supported the party under three leaders before Mr Corbyn and donated around £1.5million since 2003, has decided to leave Labour because the party he supported 'no longer exists'.

He said: 'There no longer exists a party which even pretends to maintain and promote the principles and the integrity of what always was, to me, the Labour party.

'On the contrary, I have been witnessing, since Mr Corbyn became leader, a philosophical and a political policy which espouses, in nearly every respect, the very antithesis of the great party under whose reputation, and under whose flag, it now seeks to fly and where so many other Jews were once so proud to stand.'

He added: 'I consider that it has supported and endorsed the most blatant acts of antisemitism.'

Speaking of the party under Mr Corbyn, pictured, he said: 'There no longer exists a party which even pretends to maintain and promote the principles and the integrity of what always was, to me, the Labour party'

Speaking of the party under Mr Corbyn, pictured, he said: 'There no longer exists a party which even pretends to maintain and promote the principles and the integrity of what always was, to me, the Labour party'

Last night Christine Shawcroft announced she was stepping down from the national executive committee after it was revealed she opposed the suspension of a council candidate accused of Holocaust denial.

In a statement, she said: 'It has been a privilege to serve on the Labour Party national executive committee for the last 19 years, and I was standing down in September in any event. I have, however, decided to resign with immediate effect.

'It is clear that my continued membership of the NEC has become a distraction for the Party and an excuse for endless intrusive media harassment of myself, my family and friends.'  

Ms Shawcroft

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