Jeremy Corbyn apologises for Labour anti-Semitism row saying he is 'very sorry for everything that has happened'

Stephanie Cockroft, Bonnie Christian

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "very sorry" for the Labour anti-Semitism row.

In an interview with ITV’s This Morning, the Labour leader was repeatedly asked to apologise to the Jewish community for any anti-Semitism by party members.

He replied: “Our party and me do not accept anti-Semitism in any form… Obviously I’m very sorry for everything that’s happened.

“But I want to make this very clear: I am dealing with it, I have dealt with it, other parties are also affected by anti-Semitism."

He added: “Candidates have been withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats, and the Conservatives and by us because of it. We just do not accept it in any form whatsoever.”

Mr Corbyn was heavily criticised for repeatedly refusing to apologise during an interview with Andrew Neil.

It is the first time he has apologised for the issue during the general election campaign.

The Labour leader was also asked about questions arising over whether Russian disinformation was behind Labour’s 451-page unredacted report that revealed the details of talks between UK and US officials regarding a future trade deal between the two countries.

He told the programme: “I held the dossier up because it had been released, and I’ve seen it, and at no stage until today when this new conspiracy theory arose has anyone challenged the correctness of that document, the veracity of that document.”

Mr Corbyn added: “If the document is not accurate, then why is it, it’s been out there all this time, no minister has claimed it’s inaccurate.

“No Government has, and in reality the minutes are there of meetings which involved Liam Fox in the early stages and officials later on.

“And Donald Trump himself said everything is on the table, including our National Health Service.”

Mr Corbyn suggested he would want to stay on as Labour leader even if he fails to lead his party to victory in the General Election.

Asked whether he would remain as leader at the end of the next parliamentary term even if he fails to win a majority, Mr Corbyn said: "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."