LABOUR’S next leader won’t be able to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party easily as the hard-left is so embedded in the party, a Jewish leader has warned.
Jonathan Goldstein, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said the problem “is not only Corbyn but also Corbynism and Corbynites and these remain strong in the party”.
The Labour boss has said he will step down in next year after the party suffered its worst election result in decades.
Mr Goldstein wrote in the Sunday Times that “large numbers of the influx of far-left members have been carriers of a particular variant of anti-Semitism deep in their ideological and political approach.”
He said that the new boss should have to show they are determined to tackle such hatred in the party, and set them five tests to prove they were serious about doing so.
That should include a new commitment to educating the party about anti-Semitism, and to make sure no prominent members of the shadow cabinet have any links to groups which spread hate.
He wrote: The past few years have been painful for the Jewish community.
“Our hope is the UK will return to mainstream politics free from racism nestled and enabled by its leaders.
“There is a clear way forward for any future leader. The question is: who among the aspirants has the courage to take on the hate head-on?”
Already several candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to be the next Labour leader – including Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long Bailey, Emily Thornberry and Yvette Cooper.
Mr Corbyn’s leadership has been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism, and that the party has not done enough to tackle anti-Jewish hatred.
But the Labour boss has always insisted he is opposed to any form of racism.
Meanwhile, a historic investigation into the Labour Party by the Equality and Human Rights Commission is also due to be released within weeks.