Lord Levy critical of Corbyn’s failure to contact him over ‘Jewish pig bloodsucker’ email

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Lord Levy critical of Corbyn’s failure to contact him over ‘Jewish pig bloodsucker’ email

Labour peer says the party leader was shown anti-Semitic contents of the message but didn't get in touch

Lord Levy reading out the anti-Semitic email on BBC Newsnight
Lord Levy reading out the anti-Semitic email on BBC Newsnight

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised by peer Lord Levy over a failure to contact him, after he said Jeremy Corbyn was shown an anti-Semitic email he had received.

Lord Levy said that the Labour leader in the Lords, Baroness Smith of Basildon, showed Mr Corbyn the abusive message on Wednesday night, but he heard nothing back on the issue.

The email received by Lord Levy read: “I see that you dare to criticise Labour leader. Who the hell are you to comment on Jeremy Corbyn?

“You are just another Jewish pig, bloodsucker living on taxpayers’ money. What are you doing in this country anyway?

“Why don’t you piss off to Israel? We don’t need Jewish bastards like you in this country.”

Lord Levy told BBC2’s Newsnight that he did not know if the email was from a supporter of Mr Corbyn, adding: “But, I know that Jeremy was shown this email last night.”

The peer questioned why Mr Corbyn had not condemned the email and accused Mr Corbyn of not taking anti-Semitism seriously enough.

“There has to be a zero tolerance policy. Enough words. They are just not taking this seriously. I have never received such a disgusting email,” he said.

A Labour source told the Press Association: “Jeremy was shown some text on someone’s phone for a matter of seconds when he was on his way to vote.

“Of course, if something so serious had been raised with Jeremy in more than a passing way for a few seconds he would have been able to engage with it, and would, of course, have acted.”

Lord Levy said he had reported the email to the police.

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