Emily Thornberry, a top British Labour Party official, said Sunday she was “disgusted” by fresh media reports of alleged anti-Semitism within the party and claims that the leadership had not taken action.
The Sunday Times had reported earlier in the day that it had seen internal emails and reviewed a confidential database showing that delays and inaction were common in handling such complaints. Out of 863 complaints reviewed, the Times said, 454 were unresolved.
“I’m completely disgusted this is continuing to happen,” said Thornberry, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, speaking at a live taping of POLITICO’s EU Confidential podcast in London. “Some of the things that were said just turn my stomach, and the idea that these people are still in my Labour party disgusts me.”
The Times report also claimed that the office of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was involved in the approval, delay or blocking of more the 100 of the complaints.
A Labour party spokesperson said the figures in the Times report were not accurate, and that the party “takes all complaints of anti-Semitism extremely seriously and we are committed to rooting it out of our party.”
Thornberry told POLITICO she would be in favor of Labour coming under national oversight from bodies like the U.K.’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, which she said could launch an inquiry into the party’s process for handling complaints.
“I just want it sorted,” she said.
In response to the reports, the Jewish Labour Movement passed a motion of no confidence on Sunday against Corbyn, describing him as not fit to lead and labeling the party as “institutionally” anti-Semitic.