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Labour anti-Semitism row: Chris Williamson allowed back into party

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Image caption Chris Williamson was suspended from the Labour Party in February

An MP has been allowed back into Labour after an investigation into comments he made about the party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations.

Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, was suspended in February after saying Labour had been “too apologetic” in the face of criticism on the issue.

A Labour source said Mr Williamson was found to have breached party rules and was given a formal sanction.

They said he could face further action if he repeats any similar behaviour.

A Labour spokesperson said the party took all complaints “extremely seriously”, but they could not comment on individual cases.

The national chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, Mike Katz, said the decision “stinks” and showed the “moral turpitude” the party was in.

He added: “How dare the Labour Party deny it is institutionally racist against Jews when it decides to take no action against Chris Williamson?”

Labour MP Margaret Hodge also condemned the decision as “unbelievable”, and said the party was “turning a blind eye to Jew-hate”.

“This shows that the complaints process is a complete sham,” she tweeted. “This is not zero tolerance. Every decent Labour Party member must challenge this.”

Source: bbc.co.uk

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