By Joe Harker
This week the BBC show Panorama aired an hour long investigation into anti-semitism in the Labour party.
The programme featured a number of whistleblowers and former members recounting their experiences of prejudice from the party and the failures to punish offending members.
Labour refuted the accusations of anti-semitism, insisting they and leader Jeremy Corbyn were committed to anti-racism in all forms.
Politics Home reports that the party has "gone to war" with the BBC after the Panorama programme, insisting that they would be pursuing complaints "at all levels".
They released a statement saying the programme was "not a fair or balanced investigation", they accused it of being a one-sided account that failed to meet journalistic standards.
Meanwhile, shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner said former party staff members who appeared on Panorama had a "political axe to grind", also insisting that Labour didn't use gagging orders to cover up illegal behaviour, just to stop confidential information getting out.
The party denies it is anti-semitic, insisting that the whistleblowers are accusing Labour of anti-semitism because they oppose Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.
The Counter Claim:
The whistleblowers who contributed to Panorama said Jeremy Corbyn's team repeatedly interfered in disciplining anti-semitism.
They say members of staff close to the Labour leader intervened in deciding the punishments for anti-semitism, with director of communications Seumas Milne telling party staff they were "muddling up political disputes with racism".
Labour has lost peers, members and MPs who have said the way the party has handled cases of anti-semitism is their reason for departing.
It is not for you to decide whether you are anti-semitic or not and ignore anyone else who says otherwise. The fact that multiple people have left the party and recounted their experience of anti-semitism ought to be a warning signal that things are wrong.
Several departing peers, MPs and members have named anti-semitism and the poor handling of said issue from the party to be their reason for leaving. Either they are all part of a conspiracy to smear Jeremy Corbyn by any means necessary or they have genuine grievances.
The issue has caused a split within the party, with deputy leader Tom Watson saying he has "deplored" Labour's response to claims of anti-semitism. Some in the party have dismissed the claims and testimony of the whistleblowers, Watson has said it would be wrong to do so.