Jeremy Corbyn apologises at last for Labour anti-Semitism

Nellie Chapman
December 4, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has apologised to the Jewish community for antisemitic incidents involving Labour party members and said he was dealing with the issue.

"Anti-Semites join the Labour Party because Jeremy Corbyn is the leader and the things he says and does".

Asked if he would apologise, Corbyn said: "Our party ... can I make it clear ..." before he was interrupted by Schofield, who said: "No, just say sorry".

'But I want to make this very clear... I have dealt with it.

He has been condemned for allowing anti-Semitism to spread under his leadership, and the Labour Party has been called out for its poor handling of anti-Semitic accusations.

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In response, the Conservatives says Labour's claim it will reduce living costs "defies belief", accusing the party of proposing policies which contain tax rises for "ordinary hardworking people" - including the scrapping of the Marriage Allowance, which could cost couples £250 a year. Thousands of cases of alleged hate speech against Jews have been recorded within Labour since 2015, when Corbyn was elected to lead the party.

He said: "I think the chief rabbi's comments really ought to be taken for what they are". Asked whether he would stay on, he replied: 'I hope so, yes, because I feel I'm fit, I feel I'm quite young enough to do the job... and I'm very determined to carry out what we've got there'. "Very happy to talk to him". Just watch the exchange between This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield and Corbyn on Tuesday - and tell me the experience wasn't gut wrenching for you.

Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn called on Boris Johnson to demand that US President Donald Trump takes the NHS "off the table" in trade talks ahead of his United Kingdom visit.

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