Labour leader tells May Day rally his party 'stand absolutely against racism in any form'.Read the full story ›
Dianne Abbott said the suggestion Labour had a 'problem' with anti-semitism was a 'smear'.Read the full story ›
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It has been a "dreadful week" for Labour, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said as he called on suspended member Ken Livingstone to apologise for claiming Hitler "supported Zionism".
In an interview, Mr McDonnell said the controversy over alleged anti-Semitism in the party had damaged its election chances.
He said he would not rule out that the row was a plot to undermine the leadership - but said what mattered was ridding the party of any instances of racism.
I just wish Ken would have apologised today for some of the offence that he has caused. I know he said he regrets what he said but I think he should now apologise.
We are not sure where this is coming from. But it doesn't matter where it's coming from. If there is any evidence at all of anti-Semitism in our party that is unacceptable and we are going to root it out.
We are going to restore the reputation of the Labour Party as an anti-racist force.
I know it has been a setback for us, it has been a dreadful week. But people are campaigning hard out there and they know now that we are going to tackle this issue.
Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone says he is sorry for the "disruption" caused by his comments that Adolf Hitler was a supporter of Zionism.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
The Labour leader will also announce an inquiry into anti-semitism and other forms of racism to be chaired by Shami Chakrabarti.Read the full story ›
Labour's leadership has maintained a diplomatic silence of sorts today in the row over anti-Semitism within its ranks, but the party has found itself unable to fully draw a line under events.
Labour Peer Lord Dubs told ITV News the leadership had been slow to respond to the issue, and that the row was a disaster for the party.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports.
Labour is stepping up efforts to "clarify policies, procedures, and the rules" over how it tackles anti-Semitism, according to the shadow education secretary.
Labour MP Lucy Powell told ITV News the party needed to be "absolutely clear" it had "zero tolerance" for anti-Semitism within its ranks, and that there were a number of investigations ongoing.
We clearly need to be absolutely clear with party members, with the public, and with society at large that there is a zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in the Labour party, and that's why we have a number of investigations ongoing and that is why we will be bringing forward new proposals to clarify the policies, procedures and the rules in relation to this so that swift action can be taken.
Ken Livingstone has refused to comment on the anti-Semitism row that has rocked the Labour party.
The former Mayor of London was suspended by the party pending an investigation following comments he made while attempting to defend MP Naz Shah, who was also suspended for alleged anti-Semitism.
Livingstone told reporters while walking his dog Coco: "Nothing, not a word will come from my lips. I'm going to spend the rest of the week gardening."
He added that anyone who wants to hear his views will need to listen to his radio show on Saturday.