Senior Labour MP John Mann is standing down at the next election to become the government’s anti-Semitism tsar.
A man of refreshing honesty and integrity, the 59-year-old member for Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire will be a great loss to his constituents. Chairman of the all-party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism, he told The Sunday Times he could “never forgive” Jeremy Corbyn for allowing the party’s “soul and ethics” to be “hijacked” (by anti-Semitism).
He also said he could not campaign for Mr Corbyn knowing he could become Prime Minister – he would not “lie” to voters – and added: “Every time I go into a meeting with a group of Jewish people, I wince when they raise the issue of the Labour Party and Corbyn. It is impossible to overstate the anger that I have about that.”
John Mann has also been elevated to the House of Lords in Mrs May’s resignation honours list.
In addition, Israeli-born Ehud Sheleg has been knighted. As co-treasurer of the Conservatives, he has donated hundreds of thousands to the party.