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Jeremy Corbyn: 'Labour is an anti-racist party to its core'

Jeremy Corbyn has set up an inquiry into Labour antisemitism following a turbulent week for the party Credit: PA Photos

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is determined to root out racism in all forms in the party amid accusations of anti-Semitism within the party.

It follows the suspension of Bradford West MP Naz Shah for an antisemitic Facebook post and Ken Livingstone's remarks that linked Hitler to Zionism.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Corbyn said: “Labour is an anti-racist party to its core and has a long and proud history of standing against racism, including antisemitism."

I have campaigned against racism all my life and the Jewish community has been at the heart of the Labour party and progressive politics in Britain for more than 100 years.

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader

Mr Corbyn has appointed former head of rights group, Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, to lead an independent inquiry into antisemitism within his party.

As part of this Chakrabarti will talk to members Jewish community to establish how it can best tackle antisemitism and other forms of discrimination and racism.


Death toll from Kenya building collapse 'rises to seven'

An operation is underway to find survivors of the building collapse. Credit: APTN

The death toll from the collapse of a six-storey building in Kenya's capital has risen to seven and the number of injured stands at 121, police have said.

A rescue operation is continuing to find survivors after the building collapsed in Nairobi's Huruma residential estate late on Friday after days of heavy rains that have left several parts of the city flooded.

"Seven people are confirmed dead and 121 people have been rescued and rushed to various hospitals in Nairobi," Japheth Koome, Nairobi County police chief, told Reuters by phone.

"The search and rescue operation is ongoing for people feared trapped inside the collapsed building of the six-storey building", he added.

Weather: A mixture of sunny spells and some showers

A mixture of sunny spells and some showers. Credit: Met Office

A chilly start for many this morning but a bright day will follow with a mixture of sunny spells and some showers.

The showers will become heavy at times, with hail and thunder possible across eastern parts, whereas southwestern England likely to see the best of the dry conditions.

It will be less windy than of late and feel warmer too. Top temperature 14 Celsius (57F).


Hundreds of protesters disrupt Trump event in California

Demonstrators blocked the front of the hotel forcing Trump to go in a back entrance. Credit: Reuters/Noah Berger

Protests erupted in California for the second day in a row on Friday against US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Protests have become common outside rallies for Trump. Credit: Reuters/Noah Berger

The billionaire businessman was forced to halt his motorcade and go through a back entrance to a hotel to give a speech to the California Republican convention and avoid several hundred loud protesters gathered outside.

Donald Trump addresses supporters at the California Republican GOP convention

Trump told the gathering: "That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made."

Many of the protesters had signs accusing Trump of being a Nazi. Credit: Reuters/Noah Berger
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