Punters think Chuka is right man to fix Labour mess

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Labour have indulged in plenty of soul searching since their crushing General Election defeat. But while the party’s top brass muddle through their appointment of a new leader political punters have been far more proactive in making their voice heard.

Ladbrokes are reporting a flurry of bets being taken on Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna with the 36-year-old’s popularity continuing to soar.

Umunna was a 6/1 shot for the leadership before Labour’s calamitous showing at the polls but now finds himself as short as 11/8.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Liberal Democrats top post appears to be done and dusted. Ambitious Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron is the hot favourite at 1/5 with Norman Lamb (7/2) and Alistair Carmichael (14/1) next best in the betting.

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Jeremy Corbyn in the Evening Standard

“… we must also face the uncomfortable fact that a small number of our members and supporters hold anti-Semitic views and attitudes, which need to be confronted and dealt with more rapidly and effectively.

The evidence is clear enough. Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

So let me be clear. People holding those views have no place in the Labour Party.

… we have not done enough to get to grips with the problem, and the Jewish community and our Jewish members deserve an apology. My party and I are sorry for the hurt and distress caused. … We must strive to understand why anti-Semitism has surfaced in our party…

… when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government uses anti-Semitic ideas — attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis — then a line must be drawn.  Anti-Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists. But there are also a very few who are drawn to the Palestinian question precisely because it affords an opportunity to express hostility to Jewish people in a “respectable” setting. Our movement must not be a home for such individuals.

Second, there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about “Jewish bankers” and “sinister global forces”.

These views do no service to the struggle for a just society.”

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