Sir Keir Starmer says he will not “trash” the last Labour government nor Jeremy Corbyn, as he launches leadership bid


Sir Keir Starmer says he will not “trash” the last Labour government nor Jeremy Corbyn, as he launches leadership bid

“We should have done more on anti-Semitism. If you are anti-Semitic you shouldn’t be in the Labour Party,” he said in an interview with BBC1’s Breakfast programme. 

 “What I would do is lead from the top and say it’s my responsibility to deal with it. I wouldn’t say it’s for somebody else. I want the files, I want to know the numbers on my desk so that I can monitor this.

“Only when people who have left our party because of anti-Semitism feel that they can return will I be truly satisfied that we have dealt with the problem.

“But there has to be leadership from the top and a personal involvement in this. I never want our activists, our members, our supporters, ever to knock on a door again and to be met with the response: ‘I usually vote Labour but I’m not going to do so because of anti-Semitism.”

Sir Keir said that he had argued within the party for tougher action, with automatic expulsion for anyone found to be anti-Semitic.

“It seemed to me that if you have been chucked out of the Labour Party for supporting another political party, you should be chucked out for being anti-Semitic. I had those conversations around the shadow cabinet table.”

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