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David Miliband: Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism row ‘appalling’

Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband has said that ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the antisemitism controversy that rocked the party was “appalling”.

Miliband said Mr Corbyn had failed to deal with the issue properly, and that Labour had gone through a “dreadful, dark, shameful period”.

He told Times Radio: “I’m not going to claim I know what’s in Jeremy Corbyn’s heart.

“What I’m clear about is that he failed to deal with this issue in a way that was appalling in all its aspects.

“Whether it be cartoons or statements, they reflected a complete blindness to the issue and to the importance of it.”

Mr Miliband said he felt “shame” about the situation.

He said: “I can honestly say I never thought I would see the day when the word antisemitism and Labour were in the same sentence.

“Never mind headline, never mind Commission on Human Rights investigation.

“It’s a dreadful, dark, shameful period and the failure to be clear, the failure to be decisive, the failure to say that anyone who is an anti-Semite isn’t welcome in the Labour Party, the failure to clear that out is a source of shame for me as someone who’s still a member of the Labour Party.”

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David Miliband. Credit: Jillian Edelstein