The Labour Party today claimed to have barred known anti-Semites from having a say in its leadership election following concerns about racist sentiment expressed by some supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

The party said last month it was looking into a complaint from Bassetlaw MP John Mann, chair of the Parliamentary Committee against anti-Semitism, over a number of anti-Semitic and abusive messages on social media.

A Labour spokesperson said: “The Labour Party condemns all forms of discrimination and abuse. We have taken action to prevent anyone voting in our leadership election whom we have evidence of being anti-Semitic or racist and we have a robust process of vetting to ensure only those who share and support Labour aims and values can participate in this election.”

However, the party did not respond to requests from the Jewish News for specifics including about how many people have been barred.

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