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Hard-left Corbynite s tipped to become education union leader 


Hard-left Corbynite who was once forced to apologise for an anti-Semitic slur is tipped to become education union leader

A hard-left Corbynite who was once forced to apologise for an anti-Semitic comment is tipped to become leader of the National Education Union, the Mail can reveal.

Daniel Kebede, a trade unionist and former primary school teacher, is campaigning to take over the leadership of the largest teaching union.

A self-professed ‘anti-racist’, he was once compelled to say sorry for using an anti-Semitic phrase while defending disgraced former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn online.

Mr Kebede, 35, claimed those close to the downfall of Mr Corbyn were being paid ‘30 pieces of silver’ for book deals – the price for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ in the Bible.

Comrades: Trade unionist Daniel Kebede, left, and RMT chief Mick Lynch

Daniel Kebede, a trade unionist and former primary school teacher, is campaigning to take over the leadership of the largest teaching union

Daniel Kebede, a trade unionist and former primary school teacher, is campaigning to take over the leadership of the largest teaching union

The phrase was used by the Nazis to suggest that the Jews were traitors and responsible for Christ’s death.

He has posed in ‘absolute solidarity’ with Mick Lynch and told of his ‘privilege’ of watching the RMT baron ‘run rings around the media’ while he caused misery to millions with strikes.

His anti-Semitic remark and eagerness to strike were last night slammed by MPs who said Mr Kebede was another ‘looney-Lefty’ within the union’s ranks. Former education minister Sir John Hayes said: ‘The last thing we want is for teachers, who for the most part do such a great job, having a Bolshevik represent their interests.’

Jonathan Gullis said Mr Kebede was only concerned with pushing his own ‘political agenda’.

Mr Kebede was once compelled to say sorry for using an anti-Semitic phrase while defending disgraced former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn online

Mr Kebede was once compelled to say sorry for using an anti-Semitic phrase while defending disgraced former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn online

His elevation from deputy general secretary to general secretary would see him become the most senior Corbynite in the NEU – despite the union claiming no political affiliation.

Mr Kebede told the Mail that he has learnt from his anti-Semitic mistake: ‘I did not know at the time that can be read as anti-Semitic. As soon as I learned this, I deleted it and my apology remains on my Twitter feed.’

Nominated by 101 union districts, Mr Kebede will run against Niamh Sweeney, a sixth-form college teacher and Labour councillor in Cambridge.

The election runs from February 6 until March 31. The winner will take over in September for a five-year term.

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