Labor plunged into chaos when seasoned MP John Mann stopped becoming the government's anti-Semitist tsar – saying he would "NEVER forgive Jeremy Corbyn for" letting the party kidnap anti-Semites. "
- John Mann will step down after 18 years in parliament to take office
- He said he could never advertise Mr. Corbyn because he knew he could become prime minister
- The Bassetlaw MP said that Mr. Corbyn "gave the anti-Semites the green light".
Labor MP John Mann (pictured in January) will step down after 18 years in parliament to take up the full-time job as the government's anti-Semitist tsar
A senior Labor MP has used his exit from the lower house to criticize Jeremy Corbyn's record as a leader and blame him for the party's current anti-Semitism crisis.
John Mann will step down after 18 years in parliament to take up the full-time job as government anti-Semitist tsar.
He said he could not promote Mr. Corbyn because he knew he could become prime minister, and that he would "never forgive" his left-wing leader that the party could be "kidnapped" by anti-Semites.
The 59-year-old, leader of the all-party faction against anti-Semitism, told the Sunday Times: “Corbyn gave the anti-Semites the green light and, after doing so, sat there and did nothing about it.
“Every time I meet a group of Jewish people, I flinch when they talk about Labor Party and Corbyn.
"It is impossible to exaggerate the anger I have about it. He not only kidnapped my political party – he kidnapped her soul and ethics. I will never forgive him for that. & # 39;
Labor has excluded high-profile figures from the party, including former London Mayor Ken Livingston and Corbynista MP Chris Williamson after alleging anti-Semitism.
Luciana Berger, who left the party in February and joined the Liberal Democrats this week, claimed that Labor had become "institutionally anti-Semitic" since Corbyn's election in 2015.
It was also criticized that Labor was too slow to investigate complaints about anti-Semitism.
Mr Mann resumed the debate after starting a tirade against Mr Corbyn in his farewell shots.
The Eurosceptic, who voted against opposition measures to block a no-deal Brexit on Tuesday, said he was "unwilling to lie to voters" after admitting to supporting the party in the 2017 general election, with the condition that Mr. Corbyn was unlikely to win.
"This time I can't and I'm not ready to lie to my voters. Nor am I ready to tell them that Corbyn is appropriate to be prime minister. Because I don't think it's him, ”he said.
Theresa May appointed Mr. Mann her advisor to combat anti-Semitism in one of her last acts as prime minister, but Boris Johnson has since upgraded the role, which led to Mr. Mann deciding to quit the House of Commons to do all his efforts to focus the role – it will be located in the Ministry of Housing, Municipalities and Local Government.
Mr Mann said he could not advertise Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in front of his London home on September 5) because he knew he could become prime minister
Mr. Mann said: “The Jewish community is the canary in the cage for the health of everyone else and society. This has been the case throughout history.
"I'm not afraid to challenge anti-Semitism wherever it needs to be challenged, and I'll put in place effective systems for that."
The Labor Party has not yet responded to Mr. Mann's criticism, but in a response earlier this year to questions about the treatment of anti-Semitism complaints, a party spokesman said: “Labor takes decisive action against anti-Semitism and doubles the number of employees dedicated to dealing with complaints and cases. & # 39;
Mr. Mann's comments come after Labor's new watered-down voting rules were first applied by a local branch.
Hull North MP, Diana Johnson, a Commons member for 14 years, faces a struggle for her political career after a third of local members vote in a selection competition that will compete against rivals if she wants to be a part of it the next choice.
Paul Farrelly, Labor MP from Newcastle-under-Lyme, announced on Saturday that he would step down in the next general election.
The 57-year-old Remainer has been a member of parliament for 18 years, but has a majority of only 30 votes in an electoral district that voted 61% to leave the European Union.
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