A LABOUR PARTY shadow minister has reacted furiously and denied claims he chanted “Jews” on the chorus of “Hey Jude”, which leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is investigating.
The Labour Party’s shadow international development secretary Dan Carden has denied allegations he chanted “Jews” on the chorus of “Hey Jude”. Mr Carden was accused of changing the lyrics on a private bus to London from the Cheltenham races in March last year. The Labour Party leader described it as an “awful story” and said he is “looking into it”.
Mr Carden, who is seeking to be re-elected as MP for Liverpool Walton, tweeted: “I have been categorical in my denial about allegations relating to a coach trip some twenty months ago.
This was a coach full of journalists and MPs. If anyone genuinely believed any anti-Semitic behaviour had taken place, they would’ve had a moral to report it immediately.
“Yet this allegation is only made now when a General Election is imminent.
“I stand by my record as an anti-racist campaigner. I would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms.”
Asked about the reports on a visit to Leeds, the Labour Party leader said: “Dan Carden has emphatically denied that.
“It is an awful story and if it’s true it is utterly and totally unacceptable. I am looking into it.”
The Labour Party has struggled to deal with an anti-Semitism crisis in the party in recent years.
When resigning from the Labour Party before joining the Liberal Democrats, Luciana Berger, noted the party’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism.
The remarks come after the first week of campaigning for the Labour Party ahead of the December 12 General Election.
MPs agreed to back an election as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was the only way of breaking the Brexit deadlock.
On Saturday, the Labour Party was dealt a huge blow after the former home secretary, David Blunkett said the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn securing a majority on December 12 is “extraordinarily slim”.
He also said “anti-Semitism” and “thuggery” in the party makes him “despair”, but urged moderates to “stay and fight” to ensure the “voice of reason” prevails.
Writing in the Telegraph, Lord Blunkett said: “The behaviour of the hard-Left within the Labour Party – the anti-Semitism, the thuggery, the irrational views on security and international issues, and the lack of realisation that you have to embrace a big tent of people in order to win – certainly makes me despair.
“But it also makes the likelihood of an all-out Labour majority in this general election extraordinarily slim.
“The political landscape right now is completely different to what the hard-Left would have you believe.
“We are in a 1983 situation here, not a 2017 one – with not only the Lib Dems and the Greens, but the Brexit Party, the Tories and the SNP all seriously vying for traditional Labour votes.”
Mr Corbyn was asked about comments from Lord Blunkett about the party being damaged by division.
The Labour leader said: “I’m sorry that David Blunkett has chosen this time to say that.
“I lead a party that is huge – it’s half a million members.
“I lead a party that’s very determined to tackle inequality, poverty and injustice in this country.”
I have been categorical in my denial about allegations relating to a coach trip some twenty months ago