A shadow cabinet minister has said that there "clearly is an issue with anti-Semitism" within Labour, after the party suspended three councillors in one day.
Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said a "small element" within the party had a problem, and that it would be "very difficult" to see how Ken Livingstone could return to the party after his comments last week.
There clearly is an issue with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party otherwise we wouldn't have spent the best part of the last six or seven days talking about it.
I think it is a very small element within the Labour Party and probably a small element in wider society as well. And that's why we are taking swift action to root it out.
She made the remarks after three councillors were suspended pending investigations into controversial comments on social media.
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