Corbyn - Labour government would not tolerate anti-Semitism

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Corbyn - Labour government would not tolerate anti-Semitism

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-Semitism is vile and wrong and will not be tolerated in any form under a Labour government, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday after Britain's chief rabbi accused him of failing to stem the "poison" gripping the opposition party.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, in an article in The Times, questioned how complicit in prejudice an opposition leader would have to be to be considered unfit for office.

"Anti-Semitism in any form is vile and wrong," Corbyn said at the launch of Labour's race and faith manifesto, adding that the party's door would be open to all faith leaders.

"There is no place whatsoever for anti-Semitism in any shape or form or in any place whatsoever in modern Britain, and under a Labour government it will not be tolerated in any form, whatsoever. I want to make that clear."


(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Kate Holton and Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison)