Labour Party officials continue to claim that thousands of members who quit the Labour Party did not do so because of Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack and his handling of allegations of anti-Semitism.
According to a leaked report 17,000 people have left the party since the start of the year which amounts to 3 per cent of the total membership. It is speculated that hundreds have quit over the crisis engulfing the party and many more have not renewed their direct debits.
The party gives members six months to pay membership arrears, meaning the majority of those whose subscriptions lapsed in the past few months actually stopped paying fees last year
A spokesperson said: “Labour’s membership is well over half a million and in fine health. The latest data has been misrepresented in this story.”
Although Labour’s membership reached a peak of 570,000 after the general election but now appears to be falling. In fact no region in England reported a rise in party members since the start of 2018, suggests the leaked report. London lost 3,500 members in the past three months, and the North-west reported a fall of 2,000..
The latest row erupted after it emerged Mr. Corbyn had previously objected to the removal of an east London mural that depicted wealthy Jews playing Monopoly on the backs of workers.
Corbyn in fact admitted that there were “pockets” of anti-Semitism in the party and apologized for the “pain and hurt” caused to Jewish people.
Mr. Corbyn’s close ally, Christine Shawcroft, was forced to resign from the party’s National Executive Committee after it emerged she had defended a council candidate accused of Holocaust denial.
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