Tuesday morning news briefing: Chief Rabbi condemns Jeremy Corbyn as senior Labour adviser says replacing him could be discussed

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Thurrock on the election campaign trail - PA
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Thurrock on the election campaign trail - PA

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Chief Rabbi: Labour leader 'complicit in prejudice' against Jews

Jeremy Corbyn is "unfit for high office", the Chief Rabbi has said, as he accused him of allowing the "poison" of anti-Semitism to "take root in the Labour Party". In an unprecedented intervention in the election, Ephraim Mirvis attacked Mr Corbyn's "utterly inadequate" response to Jewish MPs being "hounded out" of the party, saying he was "complicit in prejudice". His comments, the first time a Chief Rabbi has ever publicly taken sides in an election campaign, come as Lord Kerslake, a long-standing ally of John McDonnell, has said replacing Mr Corbyn as Labour leader could "form part of the conversation" of any confidence and supply talks in the event of a hung parliament. Sources close to Mr Corbyn say the party leadership is "not on the table". Today, the Labour leader will launch a "race and faith" manifesto, setting out plans to teach children about the ills of the British Empire as part of the national curriculum if he comes to power.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has said MPs will vote on his Brexit deal before Christmas if the Conservatives win a majority. It would mean Britain would be all but guaranteed to leave the EU by Jan 31, giving Mr Johnson 11 months to agree a trade deal with Brussels. However, record numbers of children could find themselves in poverty if the Conservatives come to power, according to respected think tank The Resolution Foundation. It found that while no party's plans would reduce the number of children growing up in financial hardship, a Tory win risks leaving one child in three facing poverty. Read on for details.

PS - Have you ever been sent a link to look back at a party leader's voting record? Morgan Meaker reveals why making a judgement about an MP might not be as simple as seeing how many times they voted in a particular way.

Man arrives in Calais with dead mother in car's passenger seat

A British man is facing a murder inquiry in France after arriving in Calais with his mother's body in the front seat of his car. Simon Odgers, 53, was about to board a ferry in the early hours of Friday when he informed police that his mother was dead in the passenger seat. Officers quickly discovered the body of Barbara Odgers, 86, who had apparently died some hours before. Bill Gardnerand Henry Samuel reveal he told officers he thought his mother was asleep but police launched a murder investigation after noticing details about her body.

BBC's Christine Keeler drama gives wife of John Profumo voice

In the scandal of the Profumo affair, the role of John Profumo's wife has become little more than a footnote. But a BBC re-telling of the story through the "female gaze" will give Valerie Hobson a significant role, showing how she supported her husband during his darkest days. The Trial of Christine Keeler is written, directed and produced by a female team and has been described by its cast as an adaptation for the MeToo era. And it will put the stories of Keeler, Mandy Rice-Davies and Hobson at the forefront, decades after the affair caused a sensation.

News digest

Gallery: Party leaders on the election campaign trail

This beauty of Boris Johnson visiting the Royal Welsh Showground is one of many brilliant photographs taken of the party leaders on the election campaign trail. Here are some of the best images so far of them trying to win your vote.

Boris Johnson visits the Royal Welsh Showground, in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells - Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA
Boris Johnson visits the Royal Welsh Showground, in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA


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Business and money briefing

Roads and rail | Satisfaction among business leaders with the UK's transport infrastructure is plummeting, according to new research. Both major political parties have vowed to improve the country's infrastructure if they win power in the general election, with fewer UK firms feeling the networks meet their needs.

Sport briefing

Andy Murray | Throughout his tennis career, Andy Murray has shied away from discussing the emotional trauma he suffered in 1996, the year when a gunman burst into his primary school in Dunblane and murdered 17 people. But a new documentary has finally tackled this sensitive question.

Tonight's dinner

Slow-cooked lamb neck curry | Stephen Harris, chef and owner of The Sportsman in Seasalter, prepares this meltingly tender lamb neck curry, with a welcome kick of fresh chilli and ginger. Click here for the recipe.

And finally...

Email warning | Sending just one less unnecessary email per day could reduce the UK's carbon footprint by 16,000 tonnes per year, according to research. The study, conducted in part by Professor Mike Berners-Lee, claims that the UK sends over 64 million unnecessary emails every day which sheds new light on how our everyday lives can impact the climate. Read on for details.