Lord Levy has warned he would consider leaving Labour if the leadership fails to respond to claims of anti-Semitism within the party.
He said he had been “shocked and horrified” by anti-Semitic comments from two Labour members, who have been either suspended or expelled.
“It is now up to the leadership to make sure that there is a clear and unequivocal message out there that anti-Semitism in any form will not be tolerated within the Labour Party. The leadership must come out with that message in absolutely a specific way because from my perspective being a member of this party that is of paramount importance to me.”
Levy’s comments follow the suspension of Vicki Kirby as vice-chair of Woking Labour for offensive tweets about Jewish people and the resignation of Oxford University Labour Club co-chair Alex Chalmers, who claimed there is growing anti-Semitism in the group. Baroness Royall is overseeing an investigation looking into allegations of anti-Semitism in Young Labour, as well as claims of electoral malpractice and bullying.
Levy said Labour had historically been “much loved” by the Jewish community from Wilson through to Blair and Brown. Levy acted as head of fundraising for the party from 1994 to 2007 and was awarded a peerage in 1997, taking the Labour whip in the House of Lords.
A Labour party official said: “Jeremy Corbyn condemns all forms of racism, including anti-semitism.”