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Thornberry: We didn't deal with antisemitism well

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter, in Liverpool
A senior member of Jeremy Corbyn's top team has admitted the party did not deal with claims of antisemitism within its ranks well enough.
Speaking at an event on the fringes of the party's annual conference in Liverpool, Emily Thornberry said she had a frank and honest discussion with Mr Corbyn about the issue and "I got the feeling he was deeply upset about it all".When asked about the issue, the shadow foreign secretary said: "I think it's very unfortunate and I think that we didn't deal with it well."Ms Thornberry told the Times Red Box event that some of her children's Jewish friends will "never vote Labour again" because of the row.She added: "We have to be aware of this and we have to deal with it - and we also have to deal with those people who are using their virulent hatred of what the Israeli government is doing as a cover for antisemitism."
Thornberry: We didn't deal with antisemitism well

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A number of party members have been suspended, expelled or forced to resign for making antisemitic statements, with Mr Corbyn accused of not doing enough to tackle the problem.The Labour leader has faced accusations of antisemitism from Jewish groups after historical comments emerged.But he defended himself in a TV interview on the first day of the Labour conference, telling the BBC he "will die fighting racism in any form" and denied being an antisemite.Ms Thornberry made clear she had deep reservations about the policies of the current Israeli government - and had no qualms about raising them as a "friend of Israel".

Thornberry: We didn't deal with antisemitism well

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She told the audience: "I am the first to criticise the appalling behaviour of [Benjamin] Netanyahu and what he is doing to the Palestinian people."It's illegal, it's criminal, it's racist and we must stand up and say so.
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