Unite chief Len McCluskey fires warning shot over Labour anti-Semitism payout

The leader of Labor's largest union sponsor said his organization would "no doubt" review its financial support after it decided to offer whistleblowers payouts that accused the party of not fighting anti-Semitism.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey used an interview with the Observer to warn Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer after the party agreed to whistleblowers who had contributed to a TV reveal about how to deal with anti-Semitism were "substantial." Compensation ”.

Mr. McCluskey, an ally of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the payouts were "an abuse of members' money".

He told the newspaper: "A lot of it is Unite's money, and my manager is already asking me all kinds of questions.

"It's as if a huge sign saying" Queue here with your letter and get your payment over there "was placed in front of the Labor party."

Under the leadership of Mr. Corbyn, the party has been accused of failing to take action against members accused of promoting anti-Semitism.

Seven former government and legal officials responsible for investigating alleged wrongdoing by party members sued Labor after they released a press release describing them as "personal and political axes to grind".

The legal steps followed the broadcast of a BBC panorama program titled Is Labor Antisemititic? In July 2019.

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<p>The party has refused to disclose how much the settlement would cost, but the Telegraph reported that the fees and damages are expected to be close to £ 375,000.</p>
<p>Sir Keir's predecessor, Mr. Corbyn, called the settlement decision "disappointing" and claimed that it was a "political decision, not a legal one".</p>
<p>Mr. Corybn said his team had been advised during his tenure that the "party had a strong defense."</p>
<p>Panorama reporter John Ware takes legal action against Islington North MP after the remarks.</p>
<p>Labor declined to comment on McCluskey's donation review threat, but Sir Keir's spokesman previously said that all three candidates had agreed in the final of the party's leadership competition, which was concluded in April, to settle the case.</p>
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The spokesman told reporters last month, "I think it is worth noting that during the leadership competition, all three candidates – Rebecca (Long-Bailey), Keir, and Lisa (Nandy) – said and all said about the hustings of the Jewish labor movement have committed. that they would try to solve this problem and that they also believed that the party had not chosen the right approach at the time. "

In his interview, Mr. McCluskey also warned Sir Keir of the direction of the party and suggested that if the former director of the prosecution departed from his commitments to the leadership campaign, this would be "a problem".

His position included maintaining leftist policies adopted during the Corbyn regime, such as higher taxes on the rich, abolition of tuition fees, and public ownership of rail, mail, energy, and water.

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