Rachel Riley slams Labour councillor for suggesting the Countdown star is ‘working for Israel’ and will be to blame for ‘another Jo Cox’ murder by calling out anti-Semitism in the party
- Newly-elected councillor Lisa Lewis was called a ‘racist’ by Ms Riley on Twitter
- The Labour representative retweeted an article about Ms Riley by the Dorset Eye
- It said Ms Riley ‘and her goons’ will be responsible for ‘another Jo Cox moment’
- Ms Lewis, elected in Southbourne in May, once claimed she was ‘15% Jewish’
Published: 04:42 EDT, 6 August 2019 | Updated: 13:39 EDT, 6 August 2019
Rachel Riley has slammed a Labour councillor for endorsing an article which claimed the Countdown presenter was ‘working for the Israeli state propaganda machine’.
Newly-elected Southbourne councillor Lisa Lewis was called out by Ms Riley after she endorsed a Dorset Eye report calling the star a ‘pointless, poisonous celebrity’.
The article claimed Ms Riley ‘and her goons’ will be responsible for ‘another Jo Cox moment’ by calling out anti-Semitism in the party, referring to the MP’s 2016 murder.
Ms Lewis retweeted the article to her followers, causing Ms Riley to directly tweet the Labour party, writing: ‘Found another one of your racist councillors for you.’
She added: ‘Yesterday, councillor Lisa Lewis [retweeted] an article claiming I’m going to be responsible for my own murder.’
Rachel Riley (left) has called out newly-elected Southbourne councillor Lisa Lewis (right) after she endorsed a Dorset Eye report calling the star a ‘pointless, poisonous celebrity’
Ms Lewis retweeted the article to her followers, causing Ms Riley to directly tweet the Labour party, writing: ‘Found another one of your racist councillors for you’
It is understood that Ms Lewis has since been suspended by Labour as the party carries out an investigation.
The star of Channel 4’s Countdown is a vocal critic of Mr Corbyn, whose party has been mired in an anti-Semitism crisis since last summer.
The 33-year-old, who is Jewish, has previously spoken about the deluge of abuse she has suffered for her campaigning against anti-Semitism.
In an interview with former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell in GQ, Ms Riley has said Mr Corbyn is ‘fostering an environment that’s just really hostile to Jews.’
The Dorset Eye article was published in support of left-wing news outlet The Canary, after Ms Riley welcoming the news that ‘fake news website’ was having to downsize.
In response, a Dorset Eye article said she was a ‘fascist’ and an ‘Israeli state terrorist sympathiser’.
It added: ‘For a while now, Rachel Riley has been working – not so clandestinely – for (or with) the Israeli state propaganda machine.
‘The attempt has been to lie and deceive people into believing that Jeremy Corbyn, and those media who seek to stand up to the hate and lies of right-wing Zionists and terror supporters against Palestinian women, men and children are anti-Semitic.
Newly-elected Southbourne councillor Lisa Lewis was called out by Ms Riley after she endorsed a Dorset Eye report calling the star a ‘pointless, poisonous celebrity’
‘Whether she is paid for her hate and propaganda is not for me to say.’ but she is obviously a fascist and an Israeli terrorist sympathiser’.
The article added that Ms Riley and ‘her goons’ will ‘only have themselves to blame if some loose cannon stoops to another loathsome low’, referring to Mrs Cox’s murder.
Cllr Lewis did not respond to requests from the Local Democracy Reporting Service for comment.
But, speaking shortly after her election in May, Cllr Lewis said she was 15 per cent Jewish and that none of her Jewish friends in the Labour Party had ‘ever encountered any anti-Semitism’.
‘I don’t know anybody in the Labour Party who has encountered any anti-Semitism but I think it could be possible that there are various pockets of it,’ she said.
A Labour Party spokesperson old MailOnline: ‘The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously, which are are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken. We cannot comment on individual cases.’
The star of Channel 4’s Countdown is a vocal critic of Mr Corbyn (pictured at Whaley Bridge on Monday), whose party has been mired in an anti-Semitism crisis since last summer