Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of antisemitic hate crimes within the Labour Party. Specialist officers looking through a leaked internal dossier of cases began a inquiry into some of the allegations, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Detectives have already sought “early investigative advice” from lawyers working with the Crown Prosecution Service.
The investigation is centring on a folder of paperwork compiled by Labour Party staff on cases of alleged antisemitism by Labour activists and members.
It was leaked to the LBC radio station, who then gave a copy to Met Commissioner Cressida Dick after an interview in September.
The police statement said: “[It was] alleged that the documentation included evidence of antisemitic hate crimes The contents have been examined by specialist officers.
“A criminal investigation has commenced into some of the allegations within the documentation.”
A spokesperson for the Labour Party said it had a “robust system” for investigating alleged breaches of party rules by its members.
“Where someone feels they have been a victim of crime, they should report it to the police in the usual way,” they said.
It is understood that the party has not yet been contacted by police and does not know the details of the allegations being investigated and whether or not they have been dealt with through Labour’s internal disciplinary processes.
Among the allegations included in the dossier obtained by LBC are messages sent by Labour members such as, “We shall rid the Jews who are cancer on us all…” and “Zionist extremist MP who hates civilised people about to get a good kicking”.
Another file details how a serving Labour councillor is accused of carrying out a “10 years of hell” campaign of intimidation and harassment against a child, including calling him “Jew boy”. Read more
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