Jewish Labour MPs will be offered bodyguards at party conference over fears of attacks by Jeremy Corbyn’s hardline supporters amid antisemitism row
Jewish delegates at next month’s Labour Party conference will be given bodyguards as fears grow for their safety amid the raging antisemitism row that has engulfed Jeremy Corbyn.
The protection will even be offered to Jewish Labour MPs who have been the victims of abuse from many hardline supporters of the party leader.
The row deepened this weekend when Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger attacked Mr Corbyn for accusing British Zionists of having ‘no sense of irony’ despite having ‘lived in Britain all of their lives’.
The former Shadow Minister for public health said she felt ‘unwelcome’ in her own party after Mr Corbyn’s ‘inexcusable comments’.
Now, The Mail on Sunday understands that the Jewish Labour Movement, whose Parliamentary chair is Ms Berger, has held talks with the Community Security Trust, which guards the Jewish community in Britain, about providing minders for the Liverpool conference.
A source said: ‘This conference will be particularly tense as much of the worst antisemitic trolling on the internet has been traced back to hotspots in Merseyside.
‘The CST are reporting back with a full assessment of the security requirements. There is a real concern about safety.’
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg had to be provided with her own security team at last year’s conference in Brighton after being bombarded with sexist abuse by some Corbyn supporters for alleged anti-Labour bias.
Yesterday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid turned up the heat on Mr Corbyn over the ‘irony’ row, saying: ‘If Corbyn had said ‘Asians’ or ‘Blacks’ instead of ‘Zionists’, he’d be gone by now.
‘The fact he’s still there tells us all we need to know about what the Labour Party has become.’