With the row over anti-semitism in the Labour Party reaching fever pitch, Jeremy Corbyn has offered his most clear recognition yet “that antisemitism has occurred in pockets within the Labour Party”:

Labour is an anti-racist party and I utterly condemn antisemitism, which is why as leader of the Labour Party I want to…

Posted by Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday, March 25, 2018

One of the central charges by those calling for tougher action on the issue is the point-blank refusal of some party members to even recognise that there is a problem.

By way of illustration, here are the top two comments on his official Facebook statement, as determined by interactions from other users. With 879 likes, 66 hearts and 19 LOLs:

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Nigel Farage dumped a load of dead fish into the Thames this afternoon in protest against the government’s Brexit transition deal, which will affect fishing quotas.

But the stunt may have backfired…

Someone’s responded by reporting the ex-UKIP leader to Westminster City Council for fly-tipping, a crime which carries an unlimited fine or even a prison sentence.

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Rumours are swirling that UKIP may be facing bankruptcy over outstanding legal fees, owing £175,000 in a libel case brought against the party by three Labour MPs.

But Scrapbook can reveal – after having gained access to the party’s credit rating report – that the party may be have even greater trouble settling the bill than previously thought…

UKIP have a credit rating of just 26 out of 100, deeming them ‘high risk’, and entitling them to borrow the princely sum of… £0.

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With UKIP and its MEP Jane Collins on the wrong end of a libel action by three Labour MPs, speculation is rife that the resulting legal bill will push the party into bankruptcy.

After accusing opponents of ignoring sexual abuse in Rotherham, Collins is on the hook for £600,000 in costs and damages, while her party faces a £175,000 bill for – in the words of Mr Justice Warby – a “deliberate, informed and calculated decision, for reasons of party political advantage, to ensure that the case was not settled before the general election”.

So how did Jane Collins come to join UKIP in the first place? Her official party bio explains:

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With Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) becoming the first local authority to see its finances effectively collapse, former council leader Heather Smith told the BBC:

“We have been warning government from about 2013-14 that, with our financial position, we couldn’t cope with the levels of cuts we were facing.

But this isn’t merely a Conservative-run county council … every single MP in the East Midlands county just happens to be a Tory.

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