News | Published April 14 2019

Labour leader Corbyn worried evidence of antisemitism was ignored

Jeremy Corbyn revealed his concern that evidence of antisemitism within the Labour party was ignored during a leaked recording uncovered by the Sunday Times today.

The quotes come from a conversation between Corbyn and Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge.

Hodge taped the exchange in February as Corbyn discussed plans to recruit Lord Falconer to investigate claims of antisemitism in the party.

During the conversation Corbyn said: "The point of him [Falconer] is that he will look at the speed of dealing with cases, the administration of them and the collation of the evidence before it is put before appropriate panels and things.

"Because I was concerned that evidence was either being mislaid, ignored or not used and that there had to be some better system."

In response to the conversation becoming public, a Labour spokesperson said that it showed Corbyn's "robust and efficient" attitude towards dealing with the issue.

The spokesperson added: "All complaints about antisemitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken."

In an interview with the BBC today, Hodge said: "I was having a one-to-one meeting with Jeremy Corbyn and ironically I didn't want what I said to be misrepresented so I thought it was best to record it."

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