UK government minister calls Jeremy Corbyn an antisemite

Britain’s health secretary and Tory leadership contender Matt Hancock has described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite during an election hustings in Parliament.

If Corbyn became PM, the UK “could end up with the first antisemitic leader of a Western nation since the Second World War”, Hancock said. Labour called the health secretary’s remarks a “baseless political attack”.

A number of Labour MPs have left the party in protest at its tolerance of antisemitism. Hancock made the remarks at an event held by the One Nation group of Conservative MPs.

Hancock is not the first Tory leadership contender to highlight the issue, Dominic Raab recently saying that antisemitism in Labour was a “stain on our country”.

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