Jeremy Corbyn apologised on Tuesday for the row over antisemitism that has overshadowed much of Labour’s election campaign but insisted he had “dealt with it.”
Interviewed by ITV host Phillip Schofield, the Labour leader was asked at least three times to apologise to the community and was challenged on Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ claim a “new poison sanctioned from the top has taken root in the Labour Party” last week.
“Our party and me do not accept antisemitism in any form,” Corbyn told This Morning. “Obviously, I am very sorry for everything that’s happened but I want to make this clear, I am dealing with it. I have dealt with it.”
“Candidates have been withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats, and the Conservatives and by us because of it.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,” he added.
Corbyn faced mounting criticism for refusing to personally apologise over antisemitism in the party four times during an interview with the BBC’s veteran journalist Andrew Neil last week.