A LEADING Tory councillor last night accused some residents of leading an anti-Semitic campaign against a group tendering for a huge waste contract at a controversial site.

Councillor Brian Coleman said some protesters had been running an “anti-Zionist” campaign against Veolia over their bidding for contracts for the Pinkham Way site on the fringes of Barnet, Haringey and Enfield.

The cabinet member for the environment was responding to a question from a fellow Tory member which asked if he condemned an “anti-Israel campaign” being run against the firm.

Cllr Coleman said: “There has been a nasty, unpleasant, organised campaign against Veolia and their possible participation in the NLWA procurement process “I believe this has been motivated by anti-Zionist sentiments by some residents of the borough which in my book amounts to anti-Semitism.”