Labour shadow minister is outraged at claims that he belted out Hey Jews to the tune of Hey Jude during a raucous bus journey after a day out at the Cheltenham festival
- Dan Carden chanted ‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ on the chorus of ‘Hey Jude’, it is reported
- The shadow international development secretary denied the reports today
- Ex-Labour whip Conor McGinn allegedly called a colleague a ‘poof’ during trip
- Incidents reportedly occurred on coach back from Cheltenham festival in 2018
A senior Jeremy Corbyn ally has categorically denied singing ‘Hey Jews’ to the tune of ‘Hey Jude’ on a late-night bus trip – as he is accused alongside another Labour MP said to have repeatedly called a colleague a ‘poof’ when the sleepy Parliamentarian slumped across him.
Shadow international development secretary Dan Carden was claimed to have sang the altered version while on a coach to London from Cheltenham festival last year while he was still a junior shadow minister.
Ex-Labour whip Conor McGinn, thought to be considering standing for the position of Labour’s deputy following the departure of Tom Watson, branded another party member a ‘poof’ on the evening of March 15 2018, Buzzfeed have revealed, claiming a reporter witnessed both incidents but withheld reporting them until now.
MPs from Labour and other parties were also on the private bus when Mr Carden chanted ‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ at the top of his voice as the chorus reached the word ‘Jude’, it was reported.
Shadow international development secretary Dan Carden, pictured to the right of Jeremy Corbyn, sang the altered version while on a coach back from Cheltenham festival last year, it has been reported
One week before the festival the party suspended several members for posting what were said to be anti-Semitic remarks online.
Ten days after the incident, Mr Carden tweeted: ‘Jeremy Corbyn has committed his entire life to fighting all forms of racism and fascism – and under his leadership there is no place for anti-semitism in the Labour Party.’
Mr Carden today said: ‘I have been categorical in my denial about allegations relating to a coach trip some twenty months ago.
‘This was a coach full of journalists and MPs. If anyone genuinely believed any anti-semitic behaviour had taken place, they would’ve had a moral responsibility to report it immediately.
Ex-Labour whip Conor McGinn branded another party member a ‘poof’ on the evening of March 15 2018, it has been claimed
‘Yet this allegation is only made now when a General Election is imminent.
‘I stand by my record as an anti racist campaigner. I would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms.’
Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘Dan Carden has emphatically denied that. It is an awful story and if it’s true it is utterly and totally unacceptable. I’m looking into it.’
It was also claimed Mr McGinn had been sat next to a tired male Labour colleague who had been asleep for much of the journey – and when McGinn’s colleague ‘slumped onto him’ across their seats McGinn loudly told him to get off, calling him a ‘poof’.
McGinn’s spokesperson defended his record on LGBT issues.
A spokesperson for Mr Carden told Buzzfeed: ‘Daniel Carden has been a committed campaigner in support of LGBT rights and against all forms of racism and hatred, his entire political life. As a homosexual man he would never intentionally engage in homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic behaviour.’
The spokesperson added that if there had been genuine concerns about his behaviour, they should have been raised then instead of some 20 months later just before a general election.
A spokesperson for Mr McGinn said his record as a ‘staunch supporter of the LGBT community speaks for itself’, having led the campaign that delivered a law change to extend ‘equal marriage to the whole of the UK.’
The news comes as Labour’s election campaign suffered another heavy blow with former home secretary David Blunkett (right) saying the ‘anti-Semitism’ and ‘thuggery’ in the party makes him ‘despair’ – arguing their best hope is now for a hung parliament
The news comes as Labour’s election campaign suffered another heavy blow with former home secretary David Blunkett saying the ‘anti-Semitism’ and ‘thuggery’ in the party makes him ‘despair’ – arguing their best hope is now for a hung parliament.
Lord Blunkett, who was an MP for 28 years and now sits as a Labour peer in the upper chamber, said the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn winning a majority was ‘extraordinarily slim’, but nonetheless urged moderates within the party to ‘stay and fight’ to ensure the ‘voice of reason’ prevailed.
His comments came after a bruising week for the party which has seen two of its former MPs urge voters to back the Tories instead.
Ian Austin and John Woodcock said they would be supporting the Conservatives as they did not believe Mr Corbyn was fit to be in Number 10.
And on Friday, Dame Margaret Hodge – one of the most prominent Jewish figures in Labour – declined to endorse the Opposition leader as prime minister.
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