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Prince William‘s new ITV conservation documentary has been hailed by viewers as ‘outstanding’, with royal fans insisting Princess Diana ‘would be so proud’ of her son.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, was praised by Twitter users for being ‘passionate’ but ‘not preachy’ in his programme Prince William: A Planet For Us All, which aired last night. 

Prince William was followed by cameras for two years travelling around the UK and to Pakistan and Tanzania as he embarked on a global mission to mobilise action for the natural world.

Explaining how having children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, spurred him into taking action to help save the wildlife, the duke also shared three unseen photographs of his youngsters during the documentary.

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Prince William's new ITV conservation documentary (above) has been hailed by viewers as 'outstanding', with royal fans insisting Princess Diana 'would be so proud' of her son

Prince William's new ITV conservation documentary (above) has been hailed by viewers as 'outstanding', with royal fans insisting Princess Diana 'would be so proud' of her son

Prince William’s new ITV conservation documentary (above) has been hailed by viewers as ‘outstanding’, with royal fans insisting Princess Diana ‘would be so proud’ of her son

Princess Diana with Prince William in the Royal Box on Centre Court at Wimbledon in 1991. The Duke of Cambridge, 38, was praised by Twitter users for being 'passionate' but 'not preachy' in his programme Prince William: A Planet For Us All, which aired last night

Princess Diana with Prince William in the Royal Box on Centre Court at Wimbledon in 1991. The Duke of Cambridge, 38, was praised by Twitter users for being 'passionate' but 'not preachy' in his programme Prince William: A Planet For Us All, which aired last night

Princess Diana with Prince William in the Royal Box on Centre Court at Wimbledon in 1991. The Duke of Cambridge, 38, was praised by Twitter users for being ‘passionate’ but ‘not preachy’ in his programme Prince William: A Planet For Us All, which aired last night

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Prince William was followed by cameras for two years travelling around the UK and to Pakistan and Tanzania as he embarked on a global mission to mobilise action for the natural world. Pictured, viewers say Princess Diana would be proud of her son's work

Prince William was followed by cameras for two years travelling around the UK and to Pakistan and Tanzania as he embarked on a global mission to mobilise action for the natural world. Pictured, viewers say Princess Diana would be proud of her son's work

Prince William was followed by cameras for two years travelling around the UK and to Pakistan and Tanzania as he embarked on a global mission to mobilise action for the natural world. Pictured, viewers say Princess Diana would be proud of her son’s work

Following the programme, viewers were quick to suggest how proud the late Princess Diana would be of her son Prince William.

‘William is just like Diana. He is so diplomatic in this documentary, only showing the good work all can do without lectures or preachers,’ one person wrote. 

Another said: ‘The beautiful Princess Diana would be incredibly proud of her son William and also Harry. She is greatly missed.’

A third added: ‘Prince William brings a sense of wonderment and joy to the natural beauty we all take for granted… Diana would be so proud.’

Others praised the duke for appearing ‘incredibly passionate’, with one person adding: ‘Prince William coming across as… kind and informed.’ 

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Following the programme, viewers (above) were quick to suggest how proud the late Princess Diana would be of her son Prince William

Following the programme, viewers (above) were quick to suggest how proud the late Princess Diana would be of her son Prince William

Following the programme, viewers (above) were quick to suggest how proud the late Princess Diana would be of her son Prince William

‘Prince William makes me so proud! He is going to make an amazing King one day, and it makes me so happy to see him so passionate about helping make a difference in this world,’ another wrote.

Elsewhere, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis appeared during the documentary via three new pictures, which showed them enjoying the outdoors.

In the candid images, Prince Louis could be seen playing in the sand with a bright blue bucket, while Prince George held a spade, and Princess Charlotte helped to plant a flower.

After being quizzed by children at All Saints Catholic Primary School in Liverpool about his youngsters, Prince William admitted that Prince George and Princess Charlotte were both ‘very cheeky’ and ‘as cheeky as each other.’ 

The school children were seen in the process of building a huge hotel to home bugs, which they named Bugingham Palace.  

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Other social media users praised the duke for appearing 'incredibly passionate' (pictured)

Other social media users praised the duke for appearing 'incredibly passionate' (pictured)

Other social media users praised the duke for appearing ‘incredibly passionate’ (pictured)

Prince William shared three new photographs (pictured) of his children in his new ITV conservation documentary

Prince William shared three new photographs (pictured) of his children in his new ITV conservation documentary

Prince William shared three new photographs (pictured) of his children in his new ITV conservation documentary

After discussing the importance of the insects on the environment, the children were keen to quiz the duke about whether his two eldest children were cheeky and whether he was able to do the floss dance.

‘They’re about as cheeky as each other, they are very cheeky. Charlotte can floss, she can already floss at four,’ he said.

‘You don’t want to see me floss, Catherine can floss, but I can’t – it’s like a really horrible film to watch.’

Flossing is a dance move which involves swinging your hips and arms in different directions as if there is a piece of invisible dental floss between your legs. At the same time the hips must move to the beat while your arms are held in two fists.

The prince was filmed observing rhinos in their natural habitat and fed a carrot to one female named Deborah, pictured

The prince was filmed observing rhinos in their natural habitat and fed a carrot to one female named Deborah, pictured

The prince was filmed observing rhinos in their natural habitat and fed a carrot to one female named Deborah, pictured 

During one visit to Tanzania's Mkomazi National Park, Prince William (pictured) explained how having children spurred him into taking action to help save the rhinos

During one visit to Tanzania's Mkomazi National Park, Prince William (pictured) explained how having children spurred him into taking action to help save the rhinos

During one visit to Tanzania’s Mkomazi National Park, Prince William (pictured) explained how having children spurred him into taking action to help save the rhinos 

Prince William also revealed how becoming a father ‘changed his outlook’ on saving endangered species in the programme.

During one visit to Tanzania’s Mkomazi National Park, the father-of-three explained how having children spurred him into taking action to help save the rhinos. 

He said: ‘Now I’ve got George, Charlotte, and now Louis. Your outlook does change and that’s why I had to do something because I really felt like by the time my children were 20, at the rate poaching was at, there may not have been another rhino in the world.’

The prince was filmed observing rhinos in their natural habitat and fed a carrot to one female named Deborah. 

‘I like Deborah a lot,’ he said. ‘I’ve never known a rhino to be called Deborah before.’

Elsewhere, in stirring scenes filmed at a heavily guarded ivory facility in Tanzania in 2018, where 43,000 tusks with a street value of £50million were impounded, the father-of-three became visibly upset over fears for the future of elephants and rhinos

Elsewhere, in stirring scenes filmed at a heavily guarded ivory facility in Tanzania in 2018, where 43,000 tusks with a street value of £50million were impounded, the father-of-three became visibly upset over fears for the future of elephants and rhinos

Elsewhere, in stirring scenes filmed at a heavily guarded ivory facility in Tanzania in 2018, where 43,000 tusks with a street value of £50million were impounded, the father-of-three became visibly upset over fears for the future of elephants and rhinos 

He continued: ‘They are a prehistoric, odd-looking creature but when you get to see their characters and you get to see the family bond they have with their mum, it does make you feel like you’re watching a close family unit.

‘The fact that they’re under so much threat is really quite sad. People might think of them as a big tank, a big hulk of an animal with a big horn but they are incredibly vulnerable.

‘They don’t have brilliant eyesight and people will take advantage of that. And they want this horn, which is effectively nail. That’s all it is, it’s fingernail.’

Getting close to one rhino, he added: ‘This is where the horn belongs, on a live rhino, and that’s where it should stay.’

Elsewhere, in stirring scenes filmed at a heavily guarded ivory facility in Tanzania in 2018, where 43,000 tusks with a street value of £50million were impounded, the father-of-three became visibly upset over fears for the future of elephants and rhinos.  

In Pakistan's Hindu Kush mountains, the duke and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge (above) saw first hand the effects of climate change on glaciers which are melting at record speeds

In Pakistan's Hindu Kush mountains, the duke and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge (above) saw first hand the effects of climate change on glaciers which are melting at record speeds

In Pakistan’s Hindu Kush mountains, the duke and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge (above) saw first hand the effects of climate change on glaciers which are melting at record speeds 

In other scenes, the Duke (pictured) said he feels it is his 'duty' to leave the planet in a stronger position for future generations

In other scenes, the Duke (pictured) said he feels it is his 'duty' to leave the planet in a stronger position for future generations

In other scenes, the Duke (pictured) said he feels it is his ‘duty’ to leave the planet in a stronger position for future generations

The royal said: ‘It’s a mind-blowing number of tusks, it really is. You can’t get your head around it.’ 

He also showed anguish over the rhino, which is facing extinction after being hunted for their horns which are used in some cultures for medicine.

In other scenes, the Duke said he feels it is his ‘duty’ to leave the planet in a stronger position for future generations. 

William said he wants to follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh – who he said were ‘ahead of their time’ – so he didn’t let his children down.

He added: ‘My grandfather, my father have been in environmental work for many years.

The documentary charted Prince William's (pictured) journey from passionate conservationist to wanting to play a greater global leadership role on the environment

The documentary charted Prince William's (pictured) journey from passionate conservationist to wanting to play a greater global leadership role on the environment

The documentary charted Prince William’s (pictured) journey from passionate conservationist to wanting to play a greater global leadership role on the environment

‘My grandfather’s well ahead of his time. My father, ahead of his time. And I really want to make sure that, in 20 years, George doesn’t turn round and say, ‘are you ahead of your time?’ Because if he does, we’re too late.’

The duke also said the coronavirus crisis had given everyone a greater appreciation of the natural world. He added: ‘If there’s any ray of light from this, it is that it allows us to take stock and to refocus our priorities.’

The duke called on humanity to ‘speed the pace up’ and tackle the growing environmental threat to the planet.

Speaking in the new documentary, William suggested he expects to be criticised for his views, saying: ‘Someone has to put their head above the parapet and say, “I care about this.”‘

And he highlighted how the younger generation – who are typified by the teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg – are pushing for change and action on the issue.

The ITV documentary followed the father-of-three (pictured) around the world as he embarked on a mission to help stop climate change

The ITV documentary followed the father-of-three (pictured) around the world as he embarked on a mission to help stop climate change

The ITV documentary followed the father-of-three (pictured) around the world as he embarked on a mission to help stop climate change 

‘What Greta’s done is really quite interesting,’ William said. ‘People were desperate for someone to come along. Thank goodness there’s somebody there with a young voice being active.

‘That generational gap has to be breached somehow so that the older political leaders understand that the younger generation mean business – they want their futures protected.’

William was filmed over the past two years in the UK and countries such as Pakistan and Tanzania for the ITV documentary.

In Pakistan’s Hindu Kush mountains, the duke and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge saw first hand the effects of climate change on glaciers which are melting at record speeds.

During the official tour last October, William told the documentary: ‘It’s a huge environmental and humanitarian disaster. And yet, we still don’t seem to be picking up the pace and understanding it quick enough. And I think the young are really getting it.

‘And the younger generation are really wanting more and more people to do stuff and want more action. And we’ve got to speed the pace up. We’ve got to get on top of it and we need to be more vocal and more educational about what’s going on.’

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Here are taunts from some Labour members that were detailed in the shocking anti-Semitism report

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Here, Policy Editor Daniel Martin details some of the most shocking examples of Labour anti-Semitism that were contained in the EHRC report – as well as those that weren’t.

Detailed in the report 

Pam Bromley, councillor in Rossendale, Lancashire, denied anti-Semitism was an issue in Labour and used tropes such as calling Jews a ‘fifth column’. 

She wrote: ‘Had Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party pulled up the drawbridge and nipped the bogus anti-Semitism accusations in the bud in the first place, we would not be where we are now and the fifth column in the Labour Party would not have managed to get such a foothold… the Lobby has miscalculated… the witchhunt has created brand new fightback networks… the Lobby will then melt back into its own cesspit.’ She was eventualy expelled.

Jeremy Corbyn visited the cemetery where terror leaders linked to the Munich massacre are buried. The Mail obtained a photograph of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath just feet away from the graves of leaders linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes

Jeremy Corbyn visited the cemetery where terror leaders linked to the Munich massacre are buried. The Mail obtained a photograph of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath just feet away from the graves of leaders linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes

Jeremy Corbyn visited the cemetery where terror leaders linked to the Munich massacre are buried. The Mail obtained a photograph of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath just feet away from the graves of leaders linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes

A raft of examples of anti-Semitic conduct by party members included diminishing the scale or significance of the Holocaust, comparing Israelis to Hitler or the Nazis, and using ‘Zio’ as an anti-Semitic term 

It emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had, as a backbencher, praised an anti-Semitic mural in East London on Facebook. 

He supported the artist Mear One who had painted the image of hook-nosed bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the world’s poor. 

But the Labour leader’s staff intervened to say ‘the complaint itself seems to fall well below the threshold required for investigation and if so surely the decision to dismiss it can be taken now’.

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it

Christine Shawcroft, head of Labour’s National Exective Committee’s disputes panel which investigated complaints of anti-Semitism, intervened to reinstate a member suspended for anti-Semitic social media posts so he could stand in local elections. 

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax.’ 

It was accompanied with a picture of the gates of Auschwitz, with the phrase ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ replaced with ‘Muh Holocaust’. Following the Daily Mail’s disclosure of the intervention, she resigned.

A member tweeted: ‘How can we not have empathy with the Palestinians when they are up against these murdering, Zionest [sic] bastards. Their NAZI masters taught them well.’ He was let off with a warning 

In 2016 a Labour councillor shared an image of Jewish banker Jacob Rothschild on their Facebook page along with a caption claiming that the Rothschild family and other institutions, including the City of London and the Vatican, ‘own our news, our media, our oil and even our governments’. It does not appear that this was investigated at all.

It emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had, as a backbencher, praised an anti-Semitic mural in East London on Facebook. He supported the artist Mear One who had painted the image of hook-nosed bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the world’s poor

It emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had, as a backbencher, praised an anti-Semitic mural in East London on Facebook. He supported the artist Mear One who had painted the image of hook-nosed bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the world’s poor

It emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had, as a backbencher, praised an anti-Semitic mural in East London on Facebook. He supported the artist Mear One who had painted the image of hook-nosed bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the world’s poor

A member was not suspended even though he was reported for saying Jewish MPs ‘can’t rein in your killers in the Middle East’, referred to the ‘Jewish brigade’ and said ‘Jews desire the Labour Party to comply with their demands’ 

Chris Williamson MP made public comments about anti-Semitism smears, supported members expelled for anti-Semitism, and shared social media posts relating to others accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. 

The disciplinary panel concluded he had ‘engaged in conduct online and offline that, due to its reckless and needlessly provocative nature, was grossly detrimental to the party’ and ‘may reasonably be seen to involve anti-Semitic sentiments, stereotypes and actions’. Despite this, he was initially given only a formal warning.

…And ones that weren’t

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’.

Jeremy Corbyn visited the cemetery where terror leaders linked to the Munich massacre are buried. The Mail obtained a photograph of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath just feet away from the graves of leaders linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes. 

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it.’

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax'

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax'

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax’

A Labour member shared a post accusing Jewish people of ‘eating the organs of their enemies’ and accused Jews of inventing modern terrorism by saying: ‘IRA murderers who took their cue from Jews.’ But the party sought to delay his suspension until it was found whether his disability had left him vulnerable.

The party let off a branch secretary for using offensive word ‘zio’ despite it being a second offence – and instead sought to reprimand the person who complained.

A Labour activist reported last April for writing on former Labour MP Luciana Berger’s Facebook page that ‘There are Zionist infiltrators in the Labour Party stirring trouble that doesn’t exist’ was let off without reprimand and was able to stand in local elections.

A member of Momentum’s steering committee shared a message accusing Saudi Arabia of being in thrall to ‘Zionist paymasters’. Apsana Begum – now an MP – later apologised for her comment.

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NASA’s Hubble telescope spots the ‘Greater Pumpkin’ galaxies 120 MILLION light-years from Earth

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NASA‘s Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the ‘Greater Pumpkin’ galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth.

Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile.

However, the scene is a snapshot of the early stages of galaxies NGC 2292 and NCG 2293 slowly colliding. 

The faint, bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes.

Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy.

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NASA's Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the 'Greater Pumpkin' galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile

NASA's Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the 'Greater Pumpkin' galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile

NASA’s Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the ‘Greater Pumpkin’ galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile

‘Hubble’s holiday offering is a pair of colliding galaxies that resemble the cartoon Peanuts character Linus’s imagining of the elusive Great Pumpkin,’ NASA shared in a statement.

‘Great’ is an understatement in this case because the galaxy pair spans 100,000 light-years.’

The team notes that our Milky Way Galaxy is set to collide with neighboring Andromeda galaxy in about six billion years, and although none of us are likely to be here, the event 6’could take on a spooky appearance too.’

The eerie ‘smile’ is actually the beginning stages of rebuilding a spiral galaxy, researchers explained.

The faint bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes. Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy like galaxy UGC 2885 (pictured)

The faint bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes. Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy like galaxy UGC 2885 (pictured)

The faint bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes. Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy like galaxy UGC 2885 (pictured)

It stretches to each of the galaxies and was likely formed by interstellar gas being compressed as teh pair started on their collision – and the orange hue is from the aging red stars.

NGC 2292 and NCG 2293 galaxies are located in the Canis Major constellation and being so far, has made the duo difficult to spot among the plethora of stars in the region.

The galaxy pair was similar to objects tagged by the citizen-science project Galaxy Zoo, where volunteers go hunting for oddball-looking galaxies. 

Astronomer William Keel, of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa believes the Greater Pumpkin will transform into a giant spiral galaxy similar to UGC  

Keel speculates that the ultimate destiny for this pair will be to merge into a giant luminous spiral galaxy like UGC 2885, Rubin’s Galaxy, which is over twice the diameter of our Milky Way. 

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world - the sun glowing with a pumpkin face. The haunting illuminated 'face' smoldered on the sun's surface in 2014 when activity reached 'solar maximum', meaning more sun spots occurred

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world - the sun glowing with a pumpkin face. The haunting illuminated 'face' smoldered on the sun's surface in 2014 when activity reached 'solar maximum', meaning more sun spots occurred

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world – the sun glowing with a pumpkin face. The haunting illuminated ‘face’ smoldered on the sun’s surface in 2014 when activity reached ‘solar maximum’, meaning more sun spots occurred

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world – the sun glowing with a pumpkin face.

The image was shared exactly one year ago and shows active regions on the sun’s surface created the grimacing smile and slanted eyes on the biggest ‘pumpkin’ of all.

The haunting illuminated ‘face’ smoldered on the sun’s surface in 2014 when activity reached ‘solar maximum’, meaning more sun spots occurred.

‘Even our star celebrates the spooky season — in 2014, active regions on the Sun created this jack-o’-lantern face, as seen in ultraviolet light by our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite,’ NASA shared on its website.

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They told me they wished I’d been killed – not Jo Cox,writes MARGARET HODGE

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As I sat down yesterday morning to read the first few pages of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of trepidation.

After all, I have spent almost every day of the past five years – ever since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, to be precise – fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters.

Yet every time I raised the alarm, I was met with stony silence.

Imagine, then, the overwhelming relief that swept over me as I read it confirmed how, under Corbyn, my party had succumbed to a malaise ‘which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it’.

'I have spent almost every day of the past five years fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters' writes Margaret Hodge

'I have spent almost every day of the past five years fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters' writes Margaret Hodge

‘I have spent almost every day of the past five years fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters’ writes Margaret Hodge

It was a momentous, almost vindicating occasion.

Ever since Corbyn and his extremist supporters took control of Labour, I’ve tortured myself over whether it was time to leave.

Indeed, it pains me to say it, but despite being a member of the Labour Party for almost 60 years – roughly half its lifetime – the sheer scale of anti-Semitic abuse hurled at me has taken its toll.

Yet I have stood and fought, even after I was threatened with suspension for walking up to Corbyn in a corridor in Parliament and telling him, in no uncertain words, that he was making it very difficult for Jewish people to stay in the Labour Party.

Yesterday’s report confirms that I was right to weather the storm and hold out for justice.

Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

His successor Keir Starmer speedily recognised Corbyn’s statement for what it was – a pernicious attempt to downplay anti-Semitism – and he was immediately suspended.

Certainly it is a step in the right direction for a party that once prided itself on its anti-Semitic credentials, and I hope that we can begin to look forward. 

But we must not fall into the trap of thinking that the job is done.

Yes, the EHRC report nailed the most insulting lie of Corbyn’s supporters: namely that we Jewish MPs had ‘weaponised’ claims of anti-Semitism for our own nefarious gains.

But the bitter truth is that anti-Semitism is still heavily entrenched in some corners of the party and the Labour movement.

Margaret Hodge: Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

Margaret Hodge: Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

Margaret Hodge: Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

No doubt Corbyn’s supporters would deride such a claim as an exaggeration. 

But I know anti-Semitism when I see it.

After all, when I was born in Egypt to Jewish parents, Jews were still being murdered in Hitler’s gas chambers. 

In fact, my maternal grandmother was shot dead by the Nazis outside a Lithuanian concentration camp. 

So understanding Jew-hatred has always been part of my identity.

And while Corbyn is certainly responsible for letting anti-Semitism fester, we must not overlook how countless members lined up to fan its flames.

Corbyn may be suspended, but what about the member who recently sent me a message calling me a ‘racist Zionist c***’? 

Or the one who told me it would have been better if I had been murdered rather than Jo Cox?

In fact, for proof that anti-Semitism still remains in Labour’s ranks, you need only look at the stream of social media messages posted yesterday by Corbynites questioning the EHRC report.

MP Jo Cox, 41,  was murdered in June 2016 after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire

MP Jo Cox, 41,  was murdered in June 2016 after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire

MP Jo Cox, 41,  was murdered in June 2016 after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire

Only last week, Len McCluskey, the Corbyn-supporting general secretary of the Unite union, told the BBC that party grandee Peter Mandelson should ‘go away and count his gold’, the oldest anti-Semitic trope in the book.

Meanwhile, we must not forget that yesterday’s report comes too late for many of my colleagues who were forced out of politics by the abuse that has been thrown at them.

So many good Labour women – such as Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman – could not stand it anymore.

There is something astonishing, and thoroughly depressing, about the fact that I am almost the last Jewish Labour female MP still standing. 

What an indictment of a party with such a proud Jewish tradition.

And so my joy at yesterday’s report is tempered by a feeling of political loneliness and anger.

But that is no excuse to give up fighting. Indeed, in recent months I have been inspired by the courage of those non-Jewish MPs and Labour members who have offered their support and risked being targeted themselves.

I was particularly heartened by the support from my local party, who gave me a standing ovation when I faced disciplinary action for calling out anti-Semitism.

Many of my Muslim local members understood better than most how important it was to always challenge racism.

That instinctive generosity of spirit is why I dare to be optimistic that we can defeat this virus of hatred.

Dare I say it, but I believe we can once again make the Labour Party an organisation that my proud immigrant parents would have regarded as a fit political home for their stubborn daughter.

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