Comment on revelations that the Labour Leader's office intervened on cases of antisemitism

“When we met Mr Corbyn and his team last April we asked for his personal leadership on antisemitism and were explicitly told that he does not intervene in individual cases because it is all handled by the NEC. This latest revelation shows that cases were routinely referred to his office for their advice and direction. Whether it was a brazen untruth or an inept mishandling of a serious issue is almost irrelevant at this point. The conclusion is the same - the Labour leadership cannot be trusted on this issue and vindicates our request for a genuinely independent, mutually-agreed ombudsman to oversee Labour’s handling of antisemitism disciplinary cases.”

Jonathan Goldstein, Chair, Jewish Leadership Council

Marie Van Der Zyl, President, Board of Deputies

Mark Gardner, Deputy Chief Executive, CST