TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION (TUSC) NEWS RELEASE
7 MAY 2016
At its post-election meeting today Merseyside TUSC unanimously agreed the following statement:
Merseyside TUSC condemns the hysterical campaign by the media and the right wing being launched on the issue of anti-semitism and declares our continued support for Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-austerity programme.
We deplore the ambush on Ken Livingstone and the reckless attack by John Mann who had clearly arranged with the media to do the maximum damage to Jeremy’s Corbyn’s leadership.
We recognise that Livingstone’s remarks were crass and insensitive, but could not be construed to be anti-semitic.
We welcome and support Len McCluskey’s declaration that some MPs had been “nothing short of treacherous” and set “stupid traps” for Corbyn and his supporters and that the damaging row over anti-Semitism is being manipulated for political ends.
We totally reject the notion that criticism of Zionism or of the policies of Netanyahu’s right wing capitalist government of Israel is anti-semitic and we continue to support those forces in Israel campaigning for a socialist alternative to the reactionary policies of the Israeli ruling class.
In rejecting this campaign against Corbyn’s leadership, we call for the maximum support for his anti-austerity policies, and totally condemn any witch-hunt arising from the hysteria being generated by the right wing and its media.
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Daren Ireland on 07787128498 – Dave Walsh on 07969511796 – Tony Mulhearn on 07939098455