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Labour 'should deal with anti-semitic comments quicker'

Andy Burnham Credit: PA

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has said Labour should act quicker to deal with anti-semitic comments.

Ken Livingstone has been suspended by Labour for "bringing the party into disrepute" amid an anti-Semitism row.

"These allegations, when they are surfacing, have not been dealt with properly and quickly enough. They need to be dealt with much more speedily in the future," Mr Burnham told BBC1's Question Time.

Labour MP Wes Streeting, the vice chairman of the all-party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism, warned that inaction by the leadership was damaging the party's reputation.

"What has been most frustrating when it comes to dealing with individual examples of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has been the flat-footed response of the Labour Party which has given the impression that we are apathetic to tackling anti-Semitism or indifferent," he said.

"This ostrich strategy cannot be allowed to continue. Our credentials as a party of tackling racism in all its forms is taking a battering."

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Cool and breezy with occasional wintry showers

A mixture of rain, sleet and snow will affect parts of Scotland and Northern England today, this clearing slowly eastwards whilst gradually turning patchier.

Elsewhere, a mixture of sunshine and blustery showers, the showers heavy at times, and some wintry, especially in the north.

A cool and breezy day, with a high of 13 Celsius.

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