Major Jewish private donor ditches Labour over antisemitism

Source: The Guardian


One of Labour’s biggest private donors has said he no longer feels “any affinity or connection” with the party, and accuses its leadership of failing in its response to “the most blatant acts of antisemitism”.


As Labour struggles to quell a renewed outcry over the issue, Sir David Garrard, who has donated about £1.5m since 2003, said the party he had supported “no longer exists”. Despite funding Labour under three leaders before Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the post, he had now left the party, he revealed. He told the Observer that he had watched the current handling of the issue with “growing dismay and foreboding”.

His intervention comes as one of Corbyn’s allies quit a senior party post on Saturday night, after being criticised for apparently defending a Labour member accused of Holocaust denial. Christine Shawcroft had already resigned as the head of Labour’s disputes panel after it emerged she sent an email defending the Peterborough council candidate Alan Bull after he was linked to a series of antisemitic social media posts.

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