Eddie Izzard has called on the Labour Party to “stamp out the stain of anti-Semitism” that is being pushed by a “minority” of members as he replaces a senior party official who quit over a “Holocaust hoax” row.
The comedian, actor and activist said Labour must “make amends and repair the damage with the Jewish community”, in line with the commitment given by party leader Jeremy Corbyn to crackdown on anti-Semitism.
He spoke out as the party dismissed the implications of a Sunday Times investigation that found 12 senior staff working for Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell were members of social media groups containing anti-Semitic and violent comments.
The paper said an investigation into 20 of the biggest pro-Corbyn Facebook groups – numbering around 400,000 members – had uncovered routine attacks on Jewish people, including Holocaust denial.
A Labour source said such sites routinely received hundreds of postings a day, most of which were perfectly innocent messages about party policies or events
Izzard will take a seat on the party’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), after Christine Shawcroft stood down following the latest crisis to rock the party.