Suspended ex-Labour minister quits party over antisemitism concerns

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LONDON, United Kingdom

Ex-Labour minister Ivan Lewis has quit the party as he expressed doubts about Jeremy Corbyn’s willingness to fight antisemitism.

The Bury South MP resigned from Labour on Thursday with “great sadness”, but told Mr Corbyn in a letter: “All too often you have been unwilling to condemn those whose hatred of Israel becomes Jew hatred.”

Lewis, 51, has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Bury South since 1997.

He had been suspended by the party since November last year amid an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

Lewis denied ever making non-consensual sexual comments or sexual advances towards women.

Among the allegations, it was reported last year that Mr Lewis touched a woman’s leg and invited her to his house at a Labour Party event in 2010, when she was 19.