Jeremy Corbyn is facing significant pressure after a criminal investigation has begun into allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party according to the Police. Scotland Yard has launched a formal probe after an internal Labour Party dossier was leaked including details of 45 cases.
In a statement this morning, the force said it had reviewed the dossier of evidence and according to Cressida Dick, Head of the Metropolitan Police, 4 of them could be possible hate crimes.
“The contents have been examined by specialist officers. A criminal investigation has commenced into some of the allegations within the documentation. Early investigative advice is being sought from the Crown Prosecution Service. The MPS will not comment further on the details of our investigation.”
The allegations in the document include an activist who posted on Facebook that a female Jewish Labour MP should get a good kicking, and threats to throw two MPs off a building.
Asked about the investigation today, Met chief Cressida Dick told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme police had a ‘duty’ to examine evidence put to it.
Labour Party Deputy Leader, long seen as an opponent of Corbyn said:
“If it does one thing, it will dispel the myth that has been propagated by some people in my own party and beyond it that there is an anti-Semitism in my own party and we are determined to root it out,’ he told BBC Radio Scotland. I’ve not seen the details within the dossier, I just know it exists.
I don’t know how it ended up in the hands of the police but I’m very pleased it has done because we’ve not just said that we want to root out anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, but if people have crossed the line on criminal behaviour through hate crime, and I’m afraid it doesn’t surprise me that some have, then I’m very pleased that this is being taken seriously by the police.”
The Labour Party has not been contacted by the police but is ready to co-operate with the investigation.
A spokesperson for the Party said: “The Labour Party has a robust system for investigating complaints of alleged breaches of Labour Party rules by its members. Where someone feels they have been a victim of crime, they should report it to the police in the usual way.”
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