Labor Party deputy leader Tom Watson was accused of "transforming" the party's secretary general, Jennie Formby, while she was undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Watson had written to Formby after a BBC Panorama program on anti-semitism at work. He asked him to publish the party's submission to the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (EHRC), which investigates allegations relating to work.

Watson also argued that she had suppressed emails relating to cases, which Formby denies.

Responding to Watson, Formby says "very disappointed". He had criticized the party's response to anti-Semitism and accused it of abusing its position.

When did the accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labor Party begin and how did they escalate?

In 2016, Labor MP Naz Shah apologized for an anti-Semitic message on Facebook and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone about the "Israeli lobby" while Hitler supported Zionism during the same period. televised interviews that eventually led him to leave the party after a long disciplinary process. A report by Shami Chakrabarti that year exempted the party from widespread anti-Semitism, but reported an "occasionally toxic atmosphere."

The situation degenerated into 2018 when it became apparent that the party was receiving more and more complaints, to the point that there was a backlog of disciplinary cases. Jeremy Corbyn apologized for the suffering inflicted on the Jewish community by problems during the process, and indicated that only 0.1% of members were under investigation for comments. alleged anti-Semites.

But the party was also concerned about the possible adoption of the definition of anti-Semitism of the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance (IHRA), which it eventually approved. . Then accusations of political interference in the process of handling complaints by close associates of Corbyn began to emerge earlier this year, which the party denies firmly.

What allegations were made in the BBC Panorama documentary?

In a program aired in July 2019, eight whistleblowers spoke about a BBC Panorama documentary, with some saying they felt Corbyn's office was politically interfering with the antisemitism complaints process. Seumas Milne, one of Corbyn's closest associates, told officials that the party "blurred political conflict with racism" and needed to review processes. Jennie Formby, the general secretary, has been accused of attempting to interfere in the assistance of a member of the committee examining the case of Jackie Walker, a high-level activist who was eventually expelled from the party .

What was Labor's response to the BBC Panorama?

Labor strongly denied the allegations of political interference and embarked on the offensive, accusing the BBC of bias and demanding that the documentary be removed. A Labor spokesman said the party had fully responded to "a number of questions" posed by the program and had also sent 50 pages of documents in response. Complaints to the BBC had been made "at different levels, including the Director General".

Rowena Mason, Deputy Political Editor

"At all levels, the party has always shown that it recognizes the vital importance of the fight against anti-Semitism, but you constantly abuse your considerable platform to denigrate any progress made and anyone involved in this process." , she said.

"Acknowledging my reputation and attacking me publicly when you know I am undergoing chemotherapy and unable to respond to the media is another example of the inappropriate way in which you choose to discuss this issue."

The Chancellor of the Shadow, John McDonnell, one of the main allies of the leader of the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, also attacked Watson. According to him, this "goes beyond the understanding", the letter was sent "when he knows that she is undergoing chemotherapy".

"I just do not understand why the deputy head of the Labor Party uses the media to request information from the general secretary of the @JennieGenSec movement, which has already been offered to him."

The spinoffs of the program continue to lead to heavy cuts in the party.

According to Watson, a document produced for the European Commission's investigation of human rights should be made public, as "only sunlight can now disinfect the work of anti-Semitism".

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