Jeremy Corbyn poised to backtrack on international antisemitism definition
Jeremy Corbyn is poised to “take one for the team” and make a humiliating climbdown on antisemitism by backing an internationally recognised definition in full.
His retreat is expected when the party’s national executive next meets on 4 September – the day before Labour MPs are certain to overwhelmingly back the full definition in a ballot.
The compromise plan emerged just hours after former prime minister Gordon Brown said antisemitism was a “running sore” that had to be dealt with immediately and predicted change “within a few weeks”.
It would be a major U-turn by the Labour leader and his left-wing allies, who at the last meeting of the executive sparked fury among MPs and Jewish groups by resisting adopting the definition in full in the party’s code of conduct