May calls on Corbyn to respond to rabbi's anti-semitism concerns

Prime Minister Theresa May has waded into the row over anti-semitism in the Labour Party by calling on Jeremy Corbyn to directly respond to stinging criticism from a former chief rabbi.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Sebastien Courdji/Pool via AP
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Sebastien Courdji/Pool via AP

The intervention comes after Lord Jonathan Sacks branded the Labour leader an “anti-semite” and compared Mr Corbyn’s comments on Zionists to Enoch Powell’s inflammatory “rivers of blood” speech.

During a tour of Africa, Mrs May said: “Anti-semitism is racism. We should all condemn racism in all its forms.

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“Lord Sacks was a long-standing chief rabbi. He raised significant concerns, but it’s not just him – members of the Labour Party have raised concerns as well.

“I think the leader of the Labour Party needs to respond to those concerns.”

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