Jeremy Corbyn refuses to answer questions in wake of Labour anti-semitism row
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to answer questions from reporters as he left his home in his Islington constituency this morning. The politician, who was filmed getting into a dark blue people carrier outside his north London home, was asked to respond to allegations of anti-semitism in the party, he declined to do so.
It comes as the party has found itself at the centre of a long-running row over allegations its members have acted badly toward Jewish people. Members of the party have been accused of posting content on social media which has been branded anti-semitic, the party has come under further fire for failing to deal with the issue quickly.
The 68-year-old was asked by Good Morning Britain reporter Nick Dixon to explain: "how do you reflect on the meeting?" in reference to a meeting with Jewish leaders last night. The gathering was held in a bid to settle issues within the party. Leaders brought a series of agreements to the table but none of these were agreed by the Labour leader.
Jonathan Goldstien of Jewish Leadership Council was at the meeting with the Labour leader. He told Good Morning Britain that the meeting had been a "disappointing missed opportunity" and that the Labour leader had failed to meet even the lowest level of agreement about a policy to tackle anti-semitism within his party.
Labour says it is working on policy and infrastructure to ensure that it effectively deals with accusations of anti-semitism from its members and supporters.
Barry Gardiner, the former Vice-Chairman of Labour Friends of Israel said that it had been agreed that the "process will be speeded up" before defending the work Labour is doing to improve its record on anti-semitism.