Anti-Semitic 'poison' runs deep in Corbyn's Labour Party, Britain's chief rabbi warns

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Without explicitly calling on people not to vote for Labour, or even mentioning Corbyn by name, Mirvis warned that "a new poison - sanctioned from the top - has taken root in the Labour Party".

During an event at Renishaw Miners" Welfare on Monday, the Labour leader said his party would compensate so-called "Waspi women' with pay-outs of up to £31,000 if it wins next month's General Election.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has intervened in the row about anti-semitism within Labour after England's Chief Rabbi attacked the party for failing to deal with the issue.

Labour's faith envoy Stephen Timms told Talk Radio "there has been a problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party, there's no doubt about that and steps have been taken to deal with it".

An anti-Labour activist holds a placard outside the venue prior to opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour's Race and Faith Manifesto, in north London on November 26, 2019.

Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn shows blacked out papers as he delivers a speech in London, England, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, ahead of the general election on December 12.

He said the overwhelming majority of Britain's Jews were "gripped with anxiety" ahead of the General Election on December 12, warning "the very soul of our nation is at stake".

It follows a lengthy campaign by the so-called Waspi women who said they were given insufficient time to prepare for the changes brought in by the former coalition government.

"Labour's record under his leadership has shown that anti-Semites are indulged by Labour, while Jewish MPs are hounded out without a word of complaint from him", she said.

"Mr Corbyn & co should be so ashamed", he wrote on Twitter. "Lives will be put at risk as a result of this", he said.

Earlier today, Labour Lord Alf Dubs, who himself escaped Nazi persecution on the Kindertransport, said that Rabbi Mirvis had gone "too far", and that Jeremy Corbyn was fit to be prime minister and is not an anti-Semite.

The president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, said most in the Jewish community would find it impossible to trust the assurances given by Mr Corbyn.

"It is a failure of leadership".

However, Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, criticised Labour's plans, calling the £58billion cost estimate "a very, very large sum of money indeed".

It is a highly unusual intervention in an election campaign from such a senior faith leader, who would normally remain neutral in the sensitive period leading up to a vote.

Mr Corbyn later said: "I have made it very clear anti-Semitism is completely wrong in our society, our party did make it clear when I was elected leader, and after, that anti-Semitism was unacceptable in any form in our party or our society".

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