Labour suspends councillor Jim Sheridan after anti-Semitism rant

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Mr. Sheridan - now a local councillor in Renfrewshire - has been suspended by Scottish Labour over the post, according to the BBC.

Mr Sheridan, who was the Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP until he lost his seat in 2015, was reportedly responsible for a social media post that spoke of his loss of "respect and empathy" for the community amid the row about anti-Semitism.

Her comments sparked outrage among some Labour activists.

"No longer due to what they and their Blairite plotters are doing to my party and the long suffering people of Britain who need a radical Labour government".

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come under increasing scrutiny over allegations that he has both engaged in anti-Semitic behavior himself and failed to take action against anti-Semitic behavior by members of his party.

Following the encounter, Dame Margaret learned she would face disciplinary action and speaking to Sky News after the investigation was dropped, the Barking MP said that at the time "it felt nearly as if they were coming for me".

The 73-year-old compared her treatment to what it might have felt like to "be a Jew in Germany in the 1930s".

Amid charges that the party condones anti-Semitism and harsh anti-Israel rhetoric, the group had planned on presenting a training session making reference to two Labour members accused of anti-Semitism.

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'In 2018 anti-Semitism that has again reared its ugly head and the campaign against it goes on.

Last month, Labour's ruling body met to decide how it will define anti-Semitism in internal disputes, and opted to reject the definition issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Thanks to everyone for kind messages of support which have kept me going'.

Labour did not comment on the individual case but said all complaints of anti-Semitism are fully investigated by the party.

A party spokesman said: "The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and we are committed to challenging against it in all its forms".

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