Jeremy Corbyn insisted he was tackling antisemitism in Labour following the resignation of eight MPs in protest at his leadership.
The Labour leader said his party “takes the strongest action to deal with antisemitism wherever it rears its head”.
Enfield North’s Joan Ryan became the latest Labour MP to quit, claiming that under Mr Corbyn it had become an “institutionally antisemitic party”.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May said: “I never thought I would see the day when Jewish people in his country were concerned about their future in this country, and I never thought I would see the day when a once proud Labour Party was accused of institutional antisemitism by a former member of that party.
“It is incumbent on all of us in this House to ensure that we act against antisemitism wherever and however it occurs – it is racism and we stand against it.”
Mr Corbyn responded by saying that “antisemitism has no place whatsoever in any of our political parties, in our lives, in our society”.
He added: “My own political party takes the strongest action to deal with antisemitism wherever it rears its head.”
"Antisemitism has no place whatsoever in any of our political parties…" @jeremycorbyn says Labour takes the "strongest action" against antisemitism. It follows the resignation of eight MPs from his party over the issue.
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