Labour’s woes deepened today after Sir David Garrand, who has donated around £1.5 million since 2003, announced he had left the party over the escalating issue that has engulfed it over recent days.
Mr Garrand, who has funded Labour under three different leaders before Mr Corbyn took charge in 2015, claimed its leadership had in effect “supported and endorsed” acts of anti-semitism.
Speaking to The Observer, the former donor said: "I have watched with dismay and foreboding the manner in which the leadership has, in my view, over the last two years, conducted itself.
“I consider that it has supported and endorsed the most blatant acts of anti-Semitism.
“And yet it has failed to expel many of those who have engaged in the grossest derogatory fantasies about Jewish/Zionist conspiracies - and Jewish characterisations and accusations which conjure up the very kind of anti-Semitic attacks that led to such unbearable consequences for innocent millions in the past.”iPhone transfer software
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In response to Mr Garrard’s remarks, a Labour spokesman said: “As Jeremy said in his email to all members this week, our party is at its best when we work together, uniting people in hope and against fear and division.
“Jeremy has made it clear that antisemitism in all its forms has absolutely no place in our party and he is committed to rooting it out.”
The latest development comes after The Sunday Times today claimed 12 senior staff working for the Labour leader and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell were members of social media groups containing anti-semitic and violent comments.
Following an investigation, it found