Tickets for the Jewish News’ Labour leadership hustings have been snapped up in record time.

The final seats were taken within minutes when they went on general release this week.

More than 250 people will descend on JW3 on Sunday, 18 September, for the showdown between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith – the final hustings before the ballot closes in one of the most bitter leadership contests in memory. The event is organised by the Jewish Labour Movement, Labour Friends of Israel and JW3, and media partnered by Jewish News. It will be exclusively live streamed at jewishnews.co.uk.

Cases of anti-Semitism in the party are expected to feature highly alongside other issues of communal interest, such as faith schools and the delegitimisation of Israel, and topics of general concern, including Brexit and the economy.

Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan said: “I am delighted that, alongside Jewish News, Jewish Labour Movement and JW3, LFI is once again providing an opportunity for members of the Jewish community to listen to, and question, the two candidates for the Labour party leadership. I hope this event can begin the process of rebuilding the confidence of the community in the Labour party, which has been so carelessly squandered over the past year.”

JW3 said demand for tickets has outstripped almost any other event in the community centre’s first three years.