Labour is a ‘stain on Britain’ because of anti-Semitism in its ranks, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the Tory conference today.
Mr Raab said his own father had fled the Nazis and come to Britain as a six-year-old boy and vowed to the ‘left wing extremists’ led by Jeremy Corbyn in his name.
He said Mr Corbyn was using ‘all the tools in the extremists’ armoury’ to promote his version of the Labour message.
Mr Raab’s viscous attack came after Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey lashed Labour for ‘driving politics into the gutter’.
She said the hard-left Momentum group was a modern-day Militant that used ‘bullying and intimidation’.
Labour is a ‘stain on Britain’ because of anti-Semitism in it ranks, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the Tory conference today
Mr Raab said his own father had fled the Nazis and come to Britain as a six-year-old boy and vowed to the ‘left wing extremists’ led by Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in Liverpool last week) in his name
Mr Raab told the Tory conference in Birmingham Labour had been seized by ‘extremists’ who had spent their careers ‘confined to the margins’.
Attacking the ‘casual equation of Jews with the Israeli government’ Mr Raab said: ‘That a once-great mainstream party should stoop so low, is a stain on Britain.
‘I say to Labour: you’d be surprised how many British people take this personally.
‘They know things that you choose to forget. Eighty years ago – 1938 – Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia.
‘The lucky few fled. Some of them to Britain. One Jewish family arrived in England with a little boy called Peter. He was six years old and he spoke no English.’
Mr Raab said the boy grew up knowing much of his family had been murdered but still got into grammar school and had a family.
He said: ‘That little boy was my father. And I will honour his memory by fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism and racism until my last breath.
‘Because, none of us can rest until Corbyn, McDonnell and their extremist gang have been driven back to the margins where they belong.’
The Brexit Secretary said Mr Corbyn was using ‘all the tools in the extremists’ armoury’ to promote his version of the Labour message
Ms McVey said it would be a ‘political nightmare’ for Britain if Labour win power.
She claimed Derek Hatton, who infamously handed redundancy notices to council workers after setting an illegal budget, had been allowed back into Labour – something the party denies.
And the MP renewed her furious feud with shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who she had repeatedly accused of telling a rally she should be ‘lynched’.
Ms McVey told the Tory conference: ‘bullying and intimidation should not be allowed to drive our politics into the gutter.
Remember what John McDonnell said about me. That I should be lynched.
‘Well he picked on the wrong woman.’
Labour’s hard-left Momentum group has driven ‘politics into the gutter’ with ‘bullying and intimidation’, Esther McVey (pictured at the Tory conference today) warned Tory activists
The Work and Pensions Secretary condemned Labour’s Dawn Butler for telling her party conference she welcomed the Militant decision to set an illegal budget in defiance of the Thatcher government.
She said: ‘Yes, you heard it right, a member of the shadow cabinet praising a council that broke the law; fleeced the taxpayer and brought a proud city to the brink of bankruptcy. And the ringleader is back.
‘Derek Hatton has just been accepted back into the Labour Party – after 33 years – inspired to return by Corbyn’s far left Socialism which now makes up Labour Party Policy.
Momentum is the modern day Militant. And remember there are 3 M’s in Momentum. Militant, Militant, Militant.’