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Sadiq Khan: Labour 'shockingly poor' at dealing with anti-Semitism

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he is deeply distressed by the Labour split, but admitted the party has been "shockingly poor" at dealing with anti-Semitism.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Seven MPs resigned from the Labour Party on Monday morning, amid tensions over Brexit and allegations of anti-Semitism.

They include former shadow cabinet ministers Chuka Umunna (Streatham MP) and Chris Leslie, alongside Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, and Angela Smith.

It's deeply distressing, all of these MPs are friends of mine.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Mr Khan blamed the Conservative Party for "the chaotic Brexit process", but said Labour has not acted quickly enough to tackle anti-Semitism.

The Labour Party has been shockingly poor at addressing the issue of antisemitism over the last few years. We know that there are members of the Labour Party who have joined who have clearly anti-Semitic views, or have been in our party for some time and have clearly anti-Semitic views, the Labour Party hasn't acted swiftly enough to kick them out.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

But he said he believed the Labour divide will make it more difficult for the party to be elected to govern.

History tells us that when the Labour Party splits, it leads to the Conservative Party winning the next election and the one after that and the one after that. What people I care about need is a Labour Government. One thing that's going to make that more difficult is Labour splits.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London