NOT EVEN a week into her new role as the MP of Peterborough and already die-hard corbynista Lisa Forbes has found herself in MORE hot water – this time in the form of a government petition and further calls for her resignation from fellow Labour colleagues.
The day after Lisa’s suspicious election, outspoken Labour MP Jess Phillips slammed the new MP joining her side of the House of Commons, stating that her election “shows that antisemitism is becoming normal in the party”.
Now, senior Jewish Labour MPs Dame Louise Ellman and Dame Margaret Hodge have thrown their hats into the ring, openly demanding for disciplinary action against the disgraced member for Peterborough.
Dame Louise said: “These serious allegations must not be brushed under the carpet. Lisa Forbes should be suspended while the Labour Party conducts an investigation.”
Dame Margaret added: “The Labour Party is judged by its actions and if we proclaim that we are a party of zero tolerance on antisemitism we can’t then ignore the actions of a leading figure in the party — a candidate who is now an MP.”
Ms Forbes has also been criticised for signing a letter which called on Labour’s ruling body not to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.
She also commented on a post from September 2014 which accused the CIA and Mossad, “supported by British imperialism”, of funding and creating extremists such as ISIS.
She wrote: “I have enjoyed reading this thread so much. So much that trys [sic] to divide us, but there is much more that unites us all.”
Jewish Labour Movement chair Mike Katz had called for the MP to have the whip revoked in a letter to Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown.
Mr Katz wrote: “These views are surely incompatible with those of someone holding the Labour whip.
“Failure to (suspend the whip) will be taken by the Jewish community as yet another sign that Labour tolerates and encourages a culture of anti-Jewish racism in the party and is absolutely unprepared to take any concrete action whatsoever to deal with it.
The Jewish Labour Movement is the party’s sole affiliate for Jewish members and supporters.
A joint statement from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust added: “Anti-Jewish racism within the Labour Party is being normalised and fully supported by the party.
“Our organisations have had no direct contact from Lisa Forbes and no response from the party regarding our concerns.
“The party’s failure to even try to engage with our concerns or to implement the changes for which we have called is an ongoing symptom of the racist mess for which it is now being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”
Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said Ms Forbes’ behaviour was “serious enough to warrant disciplinary action”, adding: “She has apologised, but it is not my place to accept it.
He added: “I didn’t want to see the Brexit Party win, but it is no good to see Labour people demanding loyalty on the basis of being the lesser of two evils.”
Labour Against Antisemitism spokesman Euan Philipps has also said his group would be submitting a complaint about the new MP.
He said: “The narrow victory by Lisa Forbes in the Peterborough by-election is a dark day for the Labour Party.”
Shadow cabinet minister Andy McDonald told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday he was “discomfited” by the row.
Meanwhile, a new petition has been launched by Polticalite through the government’s official website, calling for a full investigation into every postal vote counted in the by-election, following our exclusive report detailing various suspicious allegations that have been made against the Labour MP’s campaign team.
More to follow.