Labour candidate sorry for saying antisemitism claims are part of ‘Corbyn plot’
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Labour candidate sorry for saying antisemitism claims are part of ‘Corbyn plot’

Tina McKay has apologised after she suggested claims of Jew-hate in the party had been

Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home this morning as speculation mounts (photo credit: PA Wire)
Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home this morning as speculation mounts (photo credit: PA Wire)

Tina McKay, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Colchester, has apologised after suggesting claims of antisemitism in the party are part of a “plot” against Jeremy Corbyn.

“There have been individuals who have said that it has been used as a plot, there is evidence of what they said being true,” she wrote in a comment on an Essex University Labour Students Facebook post.

She added: “However they should acknowledge there are people who are antisemitic.

“Considering the report last week showed there have been a minority of Labour members engaged in despicable AS behaviour, it did mount to 0.9 percent but I would say 1 person harbouring such views is too many.”

In a later statement, she said: “I am sorry for the language I used in a recent conversation on Facebook. As I said in that conversation, there are people in our party who engage in despicable antisemitic behaviour.

“They are a small minority but one antisemite in our party is one too many. However, my particular choice of words was offensive and inappropriate. I realise that now and I thank those who pointed it out to me.

“Antisemitism is a problem in our party and wider society, and those who deny it are contributing to the problem. I am absolutely committed to fighting this evil and I look forward to listening to those in the Jewish community about how best we can do this.”

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