Sadiq Khan says Jeremy Corbyn failing to 'call out' anti-Semitism

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12th May 2016

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused Jeremy Corbyn of failing to “call out” anti-Semitism in the Labour party.

Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan Jeremy Corbyn is not doing enough to "call out" anti-Semitism in Labour, Sadiq Khan has said
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Labour has been rocked by allegations of anti-Semitism in recent weeks, culminating in the suspension of MP Naz Shah, former London mayor Ken Livingstone and a string of local politicians.

Mr Corbyn's handling of the crisis has come under attack from the Tories as well as many of his own MPs.

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In an interview with the New York Times, Mr Khan, who was elected to City Hall last week, said Mr Corbyn was not adequately speaking up about the issue.

“I’ve been the victim of hate crime because of my ethnicity and my faith,” he said.

“If somebody is saying views that are appalling, disgusting and clearly anti-Semitic, I’ve got to call it out.

“The fact that that person happens to be from my party, the fact that the leader of my party is failing to call it out, that’s irrelevant. I have to call it out.”

Labour has set up an inquiry into alleged racism and anti-Semitism in the party led by civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti.


Elsewhere in the interview, Mr Khan accused US presidential hopeful Donald Trump of “playing into the hands of extremists” and being “ignorant about Islam”.

The pair have traded blows in recent days over the Republican candidate's pledge to bar Muslims from entering the US.

Mr Khan added: “Daesh, Isis, all those guys, hate the fact that I am Mayor of London.

“Why? Because it contradicts what they say, which is that Western liberal values are incompatible with Islam.”