Campaigners raise over £129k for Jeremy Corbyn ‘legal fund’ amid anti-Semitism row

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Campaigners have contributed more than £129,000 to a “legal fund” for Jeremy Corbyn as he faces being sued by Panorama presenter John Ware.

The GoFundMe page was created by campaigner Carole Morgan on Wednesday 22 July. It came shortly after Corbyn had criticised the Labour Party’s decision to pay “substantial damages” to former party employees who took part in the BBC programme’s expose on anti-Semitism claims under Corbyn’s leadership.

Ware, who made the programme, is said to be taking legal action after Corbyn’s claim that the Labour payout “risks giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations”.

The crowdfunding campaign attracted huge support via social media, with many supporters using the hashtag #IStandWithJeremyCorbyn.

“Our campaigning for a better world continues”

The fundraising page reads:

The relentless attacks on Mr Corbyn, a man of integrity, honesty and humility cannot be allowed to continue and we have an opportunity here to offer him support in a practical way.

It will also let him know that his supporters have not forgotten him, nor have they gone away.

It is not immediately clear how the funds raised by the page will be used. The organiser of the campaign has been approached for comment.

While Corbyn has not commented directly on the campaign, he tweeted:

Thank you friends and comrades for your solidarity. Our campaigning for a better world continues.

Starmer’s response

The decision to pay damages is the latest sign of Keir Starmer’s effort to distance the party from his predecessor’s leadership. After receiving criticism from some members over the decision, Starmer said:

I want to draw a line under anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

I made it clear that we would draw a line under anti-Semitism. Settling this case was important in that respect.

It was the right decision, the right thing to do.

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    1. Money best spent on Mark Howell class action against party, Starmers actions only help this case
      As for Anti Semitism scam find all you need to know on the Jewish Voice for Labour website
      I dont think John Ware will go to court for simple reason it will collapse the AS Scam

      1. I think you might be right on the second point. But still believe it’s important to know that Ware would be taking on a movement and not just an individual, and that we can raise the funds to do so. #IStandwithJeremyCorbyn

    2. I’m very sad that this campaign hasn’t raised a million. Just goes to show how successful the Labour Party and the media have been in destroying this man’s credibility along with any chance of a better life for us all. I read these comments and am reassured that my decision to withdraw my membership after 40yrs of supporting the party was the right one. All Socialists are disenfranchised and desperately need a new home.

    3. And I see today that the cut and paste mob are flooding the web with an article by Ian Austin. (Remember him? You know. The Dudley Too Right who wants every immigrant fingerprinting or better still kicked/kept out of the country.)
      An article in which he calls for all our hard-earned donations to JC’s fighting fund to be returned because some (hands full) of people (may) have commented in a way that could be (very tenuously) classed as anti-semetic.
      Apparently terms like the “reich wing press” painting Jeremy as the new “Shitler” is anti-semetic.
      No. This is yet another blatant attempt by those that pull the strings, or have them pulled, trying to destroy another decent man.
      Gone are the days when they could openly assasinate a person who is a threat to their vested interests. Nowadays they have to assasinate their character instead.

      1. I love that last statement: “Gone are the days when they could openly assasinate a person who is a threat to their vested interests. Nowadays they have to assasinate their character instead.”
        Can I quote you? Thanks.

    4. The right shoe is as we say down here, a “shit stirrer” Trying to get members on here to react, thus logging anyone who does not support Zionism as an anti semite. Let it wash over you and let the creature blow in the wind. Solidarity.

      1. They should walk a mile in my shoes……………………………..then thy would be a fecking mile away from me !!

        I am literally astonished that the anti Semite scam has worked so well yet the islamaphobic allegations against certain Tory MPs wasn’t even investigated. 2 things spring to mind and credit to my old mum for both “tell the lie often enough and people will believe it” and “don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do”

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