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Equality training for leader ally

A SENIOR ally of Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to undertake equalities training after claiming there was no antisemitism in Labour.

Pete Willsman made the comment after a rant during Labour's National Executive Committee meeting on July 17.

In a recording of the meeting leaked this week he stated he believed antisemitism was not "widespread" within Labour, and blamed "Trump supporters" for the allegations.

He also accused "70 rabbis" of making allegations of Jew-hate without evidence.

In an apology, he said: "Having sat on the NEC for many years, I am aware of appalling instances of antisemitism within our party, and am wholly determined to rooting it out.

"I do not believe antisemitism is 'widespread' in the party, and that was what my comments were trying to refer to, but we do have a problem which needs stamping out. One antisemite is one too many.

"I recognise the offensive nature of my comments and that, in diminishing the experiences of those who face antisemitism in our party and society, I showed a lack of the sensitivity required for discussions around racism."


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