Jeremy Corbyn, the UK opposition leader, has issued an apology for the hurt caused by the ongoing row over antisemitism in Britain’s Labour party, insisting “we must drive it out of our movement for good”.
In the latest attempt to heal months of divisions within Labour, Mr Corbyn used a video message on social media on Sunday to acknowledge that the party had been too slow to process disciplinary cases and said it was now acting to speed them up.
“I’m sorry for the hurt that has been caused to many Jewish people,” Mr Corbyn said. “People who hold antisemitic views have no place in the Labour party. I acknowledge there is a real problem with antisemitism that Labour is working to overcome.”
Mr Corbyn was forced to act amid fears that allegations he tolerated antisemitic views among members could harm his chances of becoming prime minister or lead to the party splitting.
“I want to make it clear that any government I lead will take whatever measures are necessary to support and guarantee the security of all Jewish communities and their culture,” Mr Corbyn added.