Corbyn chief of staff boasted of attempts to deselect MPs who stood up against antisemitism

The former chief of staff of Jeremy Corbyn boasted about her involvement in attempts to force out MPs and union officials who had stood up against antisemitism.

The Jewish Chronicle reported that a series of damning phone messages show Karie Murphy admitting personal involvement in moves to “trigger” the deselection of the MPs who quit Labour in February last year citing Mr Corbyn’s failure over antisemitism.

After seven UK Labour MPs quit the party in February 2019, Ms Murphy wrote: “F**king idiots. All the work I did to trigger them and they leave before I had the pleasure.”

Ms Murphy also admitted involvement in a successful move to have a union official who had previously called for the party to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism removed as chair of the party’s equalities body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The Labour party confirmed that it had launched an investigation into Ms Murphy’s messages. A party spokesperson said:”Labour takes all complaints extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”


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