An online counterattack to cast a positive light on the Labour leader and general secretary Jennie Formby has been sent out, according to a leaked memo seen by the HuffPost UK. The memo, which the news outlet said has been sent by a key aide of Mr Corbyn to “digital outriders” and grassroots social media accounts, urges Labour supporters and MPs to “drown out” the programme with the party’s message on the issue. However, the party has denied it is behind the guidance. Titled “response strategy to Panorama doc on Labour anti-Semitism”, the guidelines advice is to “saturate social media for the next four days” with “fact-based memes and videos” focused on how Mrs Formby and Mr Corbyn have been tackling anti-Semitism.
It also urges to “not criticise the Labour right or Watson”, after the party’s deputy leader has become a vocal critic of the leadership’s attempt to silence ex-officials using non-disclosure agreements in the run-up to the broadcasting of the programme.
The message adds activists should shift focus from the problem of anti-Semitism to the Islamophobia problem within the Conservative Party.
It reads: “Tonight C4 Dispatches are exposing Tory Islamophobia. Amplify. Amplify. Amplify.”
The message continues: “Jeremy Corbyn is not an anti-Semite.
“Jennie is dealing with anti-Semites. It is a real and present problem.
“Socialist social media activists, your role is simple.
“Make sure the truth about Jeremy & Jennie have done to tackle anti-Semitism is known.
“When you post you will be trolled for telling the truth. Do not reply to the tweets under your posts.
“They are designed to slow you down & wear you out. Stick to your message. Do not reply to trolls.
“Keep your message factual. Anti-Semitism is a real problem & Jeremy and Jennie are dealing with it.”
A Labour source denied the guidelines have been drafted by the party, the HuffPost UK wrote.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Labour Party for further comment.
The BBC Panorama’s programme aired yesterday evening, titled Is Labour Anti-Semitic?, plunged the party into chaos.
Many Labour MPs took to Twitter to express their alarm about the revelation shared by the programme and the reaction of the party.
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, said: “I haven’t rode out publicly because what can I possibly say.
“I found Panorama worse than I expected.
“The Labour party response tells me that they don’t care.”
Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said: “I work closely with the Jewish community in H+K, and last night’s Panorama underlined a simple fact reiterated to me time and again.
“Trust is at an all time low, and extraordinary measures will be required to fix it. Truly independent disciplinary system would be a start.
“The Jewish community is experiencing so much hurt over the real discrimination they face daily.
“I know this is just ‘another tweet’ but once back in Parliament I will fight tooth and nail for us to get this right.”
And Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West, said: “Like Tom Watson, I’m proud to be a member of the Jewish Labour Movement. Join in solidarity with our Jewish members – without them our party is incomplete.”
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