A contender in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn has described being Labour leader as “the worst job in the world”.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry is one of five candidates in the battle to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.
Ms Thornberry said: “Being leader of the Labour Party in opposition is, quite frankly, the worst job in the world. That’s what we are applying for.”
At the first hustings of the Labour leadership contest, held in Liverpool, Ms Thornberry said: “What we should be doing is kicking out these anti-Semites in the same way Oswald Mosley was kicked out of Liverpool in 1937.”
But Jess Phillips said: “I don’t remember some of the people in this room who were there pushing for these fights. Jewish people were scared of Labour winning the election. That is deeply serious.”
Lisa Nandy, the MP for Wigan, said she was “ashamed” Labour had given the “green light” to anti-Semites by failing to deal with high-profile complaints.
Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey vowed to work with the Jewish community to “reset” the relationship.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “If you are anti-Semitic, you shouldn’t be in Labour”.
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