Jeremy Corbyn 'very sorry' over Labour party anti-Semitism

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn finally apologised yesterday for Labour's problem with anti-Semitism, but many people described it as "too little, too late".

Jeremy Corbyn said Tuesday that he was "sorry for everything that has happened" regarding the ongoing tensions between his Labour Party and the British Jewish community, seeking to put to bed long-simmering criticism of his party's handling of anti-Semitism within its ranks.

"So are you sorry?"

"Obviously, I am very sorry for everything that's happened but I want to make this clear, I am dealing with it". I have dealt with it.

Speaking in the city of York, on the sidelines of his election campaign, Corbyn said if the party won the elections it would also work to end the war in Yemen and will not support it as the Conservative government has.

"I don't wish to be the Labour Party's speechwriter, but a genuine heartfelt apology would be something along the lines of 'I can see how hanging out with anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers for 30 years might have caused some confusion in the past".

Corbyn, whose party is trailing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives in the polls ahead of a December 12 election, has sought to make Britain's much-loved National Health Service (NHS) a key battleground in the vote. 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'.

Illustrative: Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis gives a speech as he attends a Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony at Central Hall Westminster, January 27, 2015.

Corbyn told This Morning he was also open to meeting with members of the Jewish community to discuss the matter.

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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