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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour has ‘ignored or lost’ evidence of anti-Semitism

Secret tape: Jeremy Corbyn PICTURE: PA

JEREMY CORBYN has reportedly voiced concern that evidence of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has been ‘mislaid or ignored’.

The Labour leader made the comments during a secretly recorded meeting in February with MP Dame Margaret Hodge, according to The Sunday Times.

Mr Corbyn was outlining his intention to appoint former Cabinet minister Lord Falconer to review the party’s complaints process.

He is reported to have said the peer ‘will look at the speed of dealing with cases, the administration of them, and the collation of the evidence before it is put before appropriate panels and things.

‘Because I was concerned evidence was either being mislaid, ignored or not used and that there had to be some better system.’

Mr Corbyn is also reported to have said he receives ‘a huge amount of abusive stuff, mostly, some of it’s quite threatening, you know, murder and stuff’.

Labour says it takes anti-Semitism complaints seriously and the report ‘shows Jeremy Corbyn’s desire to make procedures as robust and efficient as possible and to rebuild trust with the Jewish community’.

Lord Falconer told the BBC Labour needed to do more to deal with accusations of anti-Semitism, calling it a ‘very real threat to the party’.