Despite pouring masses of resources into Barnet the Labour Party has failed to take the council which is now firmly Tory.
The message has been sent by the Jewish community loud and clear. Whether it’s a message Labour is capable of hearing is another matter entirely.
Those who called anti Semitism a smear cost Labour badly last night. A Jewish member for more than 60 years told me on the doorstep he couldn’t vote Labour in Barnet yesterday
— John Mann (@JohnMannMP) May 4, 2018
Labour councillor who lost in Barnet: “Jeremy Corbyn was supposed to come here tomorrow for a victory speech. We want him to come to Barnet anyway, to apologise to Jewish Labour activists.”
— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) May 4, 2018
Anyone surprised by the result in #Barnet hasn’t been paying enough attention for the last 2.5 yrs, not the last 2.5 months. Jews, and those who care about them, know what real antisemitism looks like and will do everything they can to stop it. Labour had this coming.
— Marcus Dysch (@MarcusDysch) May 4, 2018
Former Barnet Labour councillor @adamlangleben tells me Labour HQ were repeatedly warned about scale of anger in Barnet. “Every Jewish Labour household we visited, people said, ‘not this time.’ Activists were being told, this is an anti-Semitic party, doors were slammed.”
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) May 4, 2018