Labour MP mocked for 'Nazi Germany' comparison

Dame Margaret Hodge has been ridiculed after likening a Labour Party disciplinary investigation into her conduct to the persecution faced by Jews in Nazi Germany.

Speaking to Sky News, the MP for Barking and former Labour minister told how she felt when she learned of the investigation, initiated after she allegedly launched a foul-mouthed attack on leader Jeremy Corbyn - an accusation she denied. The investigation was later dropped.

"On the day that I heard that they were going to discipline me and possibly suspend me, it felt almost like, I kept thinking what did it feel like to be a Jew in Germany in the Thirties?

"Because it felt almost as if they were coming for me. It's rather difficult to define, but there's that fear, and it reminded me of what my Dad used to say. My Dad came out of Germany, so he had to leave Germany, he went to Egypt," she said.

"When I heard about the disciplinary action, my emotional response resonated with that feeling of fear that clearly was at the heart of what my father felt when he came to Britain."

Some Twitter users accused her of trivialising the Holocaust – itself an act of anti-Semitism. Others mocked her with their own comparisons using the hashtag #HodgeComparisons.

Dame Margaret, who has been a vocal critic of Mr Corbyn's handling of anti-Semitism in the party, said that the saga had left her with a "feeling of fear".

She urged the Labour leadership to adopt, without amendments, the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism, which many claim prohibits legitimate criticism of Israel.

The party is reported to be preparing the ground for a compromise.

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