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Margaret Hodge: “Expressed regret”? Really?

I’m not convinced at all.

A Labour MP who “expressed regret” for launching a foul-mouthed tirade against her party leader in a public place would not, I think, immediately release a statement vilifying the organisation for following its procedures.

But that is what Margaret Hodge has done.

And she tried to pervert the issue, claiming that it was about anti-Semitism, when it was in fact about her display of behaviour falling well below the standards expected of a Labour Party member, let alone an MP.

For the record, she is also entirely wrong about the issue she wanted to promote.

The IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism is not as good as the descriptions in Labour’s code of conduct.

It allows those with malicious intent to accuse people of anti-Semitism if they dare to criticise the policies of the Israeli government, and this is not acceptable.

Even its author, Kenneth S Stern, has condemned it as an instrument that curbs freedom of speech.

So why is Ms Hodge so desperate to make malicious, fake accusations of anti-Semitism easier?

Perhaps we should take a look at the list of people making donations to her. It clarified a great deal when that happened to Tom Watson.

Labour has ended its disciplinary action against the MP Margaret Hodge, launched by the party after she called Jeremy Corbyn “an antisemite and a racist” over his handling of Labour’s dispute with Jewish community leaders.

Labour sources said Hodge, the MP for Barking, had “expressed regret” to the party’s chief whip, Nick Brown, “for the manner in which she raised her views”.

Hodge said in a statement: “I’m pleased that the Labour party has finally dropped their ‘action’ against me. After 55 years of LP membership, going after me instead of addressing the issue was wrong.

“In 2018, antisemitism has again reared its ugly head and the campaign against it goes on. The Labour party must adopt the IHRA definition in full to start to rebuild trust. Thanks to everyone for kind messages of support which have kept me going.”

Source: Labour ends action against Margaret Hodge in antisemitism row | Politics | The Guardian

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