Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged the country to “reject the language of hate and division” on World Refugee Day in a video referencing the Kindertransport.
The short 90 second clip shared on Thursday contains footage of refugee camps and migrant boats and calls for a return to “humanity, fairness and acceptance.”
“The rhetoric of the far right, of division and hate, legitimised by sections of the press, has seeped into our politics,” Corbyn said.
“The Dubs amendment required the government to accept 3,000 of the 20,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Europe, but in two years we accepted just 20,” he said, referencing the scheme named after Kindertransport Lord Alf Dubs enabling unaccompanied children to seek safety in the UK.
“This isn’t the approach we’ve taken in the past of which we can be proud. We welcomed Jewish children escaping the Nazis who arrived on the Kindertransport,” Corbyn said.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 20, 2019
The video comes less than a week after Labour peer Lord Falconer criticised the party’s disciplinary process for failing to stamp out antisemitism last week.