Labour ‘must improve’ battle against anti-Semitism

Media captionJeremy Corbyn tells John Pienaar: There is no crisis

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has criticised his party for failing to deal effectively with allegations of anti-Semitism made against Labour.

Mr Burnham said comments made by Ken Livingstone, claiming Hitler supported Zionism “before he went mad”, were ill-advised, offensive and distasteful.

Mr Livingstone was suspended by the party, a day after MP Naz Shah was suspended over comments on Facebook.

Mr Burnham said comments were not dealt with properly and quickly enough.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn has denied there is a crisis in the party on the issue.

The row exploded on Thursday after a radio interview that former London mayor Mr Livingstone did with BBC Radio London, defending Ms Shah, the party’s MP for Bradford West.


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By BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg

For years it has been more surprising when Ken Livingstone hasn’t raised hackles than

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