Thursday evening news briefing: Jeremy Corbyn personally accused in leaked anti-Semitism dossier

Chris Price
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joins students and teachers at Bilton High School in Rugby on the election campaign trail - PA

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Corbyn personally accused of anti-Semitism in dossier

Jeremy Corbyn has been personally accused of 11 acts of anti-Semitism in an extensive leaked dossier detailing an alleged "cover-up" within the Labour Party over its treatment of Jews. The submission compiled by the Jewish Labour Movement alleges Mr Corbyn "has repeatedly associated with, sympathised with and engaged in anti-Semitism". It accuses the Labour Party of a "hostile response to anti-Semitism", "defending perpetrators" and a "cover-up". Former Labour justice secretary, Lord Falconer, said the dossier was "utterly damning". Read on for the 11 timesMr Corbyn was allegeldy anti-Semitic and see the key figures said to be involved. It comes as Joan Ryan has become the eighth former Labour MP to urge people not to vote for the party. She said Mr Corbyn was unfit for government and refused to rule out voting for Boris Johnson. 

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has been told he should "swallow his pride" and support Mr Johnson in the election, by rebels in his own party. At a dramatic press conference, four MEPs publically quit the party and urged followers to vote Conservative. One of them, John Longworth, has explained in an article for The Telegraph why they think Mr Johnson's deal is the only game in town. In an angry statement this morning, Mr Farage criticised the motives of the defectors. And should lying MPs face criminal charges? Iain Duncan Smith answers Telegraphreaders' questions on the latest episode of Chopper’s Election Podcast.

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NHS issues warning on winter vomiting bug surge

Health officials have warned the winter vomiting bug is on the rise, with twice as many hospital beds closed as this time last year. Hospitals in England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds over the last week due to norovirus. Often called the winter vomiting bug because it is most common in winter, norovirus is highly contagious and infected people can pass it on for some time. NHS England has issued advice for people who think they may have it, and the symptoms.

Melania Trump savages academic for joke about son

US First Lady Melania Trump publicly rebuked a scholar today who used her 13-year-old son's name to make a point during a hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into the president. Constitutional law professor Pamela Karlan invoked Barron Trump, the son of Donald and Melania Trump, to demonstrate how the Constitution imposes distinctions between a monarch's power and that of a president. Yet her joke sparked a furious response from the First Lady, which President Trump retweeted to his 67 million followers. It comes as the Democrats have announced they will bring articles of impeachment against Mr Trump, making him just the fourth US president in history to face the move.

News digest

Video: Silver Spitfire returns after 27,000 mile trip

The Silver Spitfire is home. This afternoon, the fighter jet landed back on British soil after its 27,000-mile, four-month trip around the world. Steve Brooks, 58, and Matt Jones, 45, set off on Monday, Aug 7, after receiving the endorsement of the Duke of Sussex. Since then pilots entered airspace in which no Spitfire has flown in a plane that last saw action in the Second World War. Watch the video of them landing back in the UK.


World news: The one story you must read today...

Samoa 'lock down' | Two hundred thousand South Pacific islanders face an unprecedented two-day national quarantine as the government of Samoa struggles to arrest a catastrophic measles epidemic which has now claimed 60 lives. All public and private services, offices, and businesses, will be closed during two twelve-hour, daytime curfews, while nearly all road travel will be prohibited. Read on for details.

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Business and money briefing

How prime ministers affected markets | Stocks would fall, government bonds would plummet and the pound would all but collapse – Jeremy Corbyn moving into No 10 would inflict this on markets according to an investment firm. But which prime minister's reign saw the biggest growth on stocks? See how the last 10 PMs compare.

Sport briefing

Everton's problems | Although they aren't realistically expected to challenge the Premier League top dogs, the problem for any manager in charge of Everton is that if they don't, they are deemed to have failed. JJ Bull reveals why sacking Marco Silva won't change anything.

What's on TV tonight  

Giri/Haji, BBC Two, 9pm | One of the year's most intriguing, complex and, at times, delightfully bonkers dramas comes to a close tonight in all its vivid colour. Read on for more.

And finally...

New pill | The first birth-control pill which can be taken just once a month will soon be trialled in humans, scientists have said. The star-shaped device contains contraceptive chemicals in each of its arms, which over time release a steady supply. It has been designed by researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in the US who hope it could prevent the nine per cent of accidental pregnancies that occur each year in women on the pill, largely because they fail to take the drug consistently. See the device here.