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Julia Hartley-Brewer was left stunned after leading Remainer and anti-Brexit campaigner Lord Andrew Adonis defended his past support for Jeremy Corbyn. The talkRADIO host savaged Lord Adonis, claiming he ignored the anti-Semitism allegations because “it’s better than having Brexit”. Lord Adonis fired back, saying that Mr Corbyn is “not fit to be Prime Minister but Boris Johnson is even less fit”.
This comes amid the dramatic fallout from Thursday’s release of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, which found that Labour broke the law by failing to stamp out anti-Jewish racism in its ranks when Mr Corbyn was leader.
Mr Corbyn responded to this damning report by arguing the scale of Labour anti-Semitism had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
This prompted Labour to suspend Mr Corbyn, sparking fears of a civil war inside the party.
Julia Hartley-Brewer pressed Lord Adonis after the leading Remainer campaigned for Mr Corbyn in last year’s general election.
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The talkRADIO host said: “Andrew, you can keep talking if you want, but I’m going to make you answer this question.
“Why did you think an anti-Semite in Number 10 was a better option than Boris Johnson?
“For all of Boris Johnson’s failings, for all of the things about him you don’t like, even for Brexit, you thought it was okay for hundreds of thousands of our Jewish compatriots and their families to fear for their lives.
“They talked about emigrating from this country, and you thought it’s better than having Brexit. Are you serious?”
The Labour peer responded: “Corbyn was not fit for Prime Minister and you’ve given reasons why. But Boris Johnson is even less fit.
“He is simply not capable of performing the functions of the job.”
Lord Adonis went on to claim that Mr Johnson was just as bad because he associated himself with “far-right figures like Nigel Farage”.
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This prompted Ms Hartley-Brewer to retort: “Give me a break! Genuinely, I’m embarrassed for you, Andrew.”
Sir Keir Starmer has today defended Labour’s controversial decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn from the party.
Sir Keir – who took over as leader from Mr Corbyn six months ago – said the decision was the “right” thing to do.
He added that there was no reason for the party to descend into “civil war” over it.
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