LONDON (AP) — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party says it has suspended a lawmaker who was filmed telling a meeting that the party had been “too apologetic” and “given too much ground” in its response to anti-Semitism allegations.
Labour said Wednesday that Chris Williamson had been suspended from the party pending an investigation.
The party called the comments “deeply offensive and inappropriate.”
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Williamson later apologized, saying he had not intended to “minimize the cancerous and pernicious nature of anti-Semitism,” but many colleagues and Jewish groups rejected his apology.
Labour has been riven by allegations that the party has become hostile to Jews under leader Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime supporter of the Palestinians.
Last week nine lawmakers quit the party to sit as independents, partly over the party’s failure to root out anti-Semitism.
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