Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey hasn’t read antisemitism submission
Shadow business secretary Rebecca-Long Bailey admitted she has not read the Jewish Labour Movement’s submission but said that some of the comments are “shocking”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Long-Bailey said: “I haven’t looked at it, no. I’ve certainly seen media reports.
“And what I’d say is, I mean some of the comments that I’ve seen in the press have been absolutely shocking and the Labour party would never under any circumstances condone any antisemitic behaviour in the way that’s been outlined in that report.”
She added that the Labour Party “did not deal with the problem quickly enough when it was first presented” but that now they have “sped up our processes”.
On EU citizens being able to vote in a potential future Brexit referendum, Long-Bailey added: “I think it’s right.
“I think it’s fair to ensure that those people have the opportunity to vote over their future, because essentially this isn’t just about the future of people who were born here, it’s about the future of people who contribute to our economy and have done for a very, very long time.”
Long-Bailey was also questioned on Labour’s claim that the average family would save £6,700 a year under a Labour government, something the Institute for Fiscal Studies has described the chances of as “remote”.
Addressing the claim, she said: “That’s why it’s important that the word ‘average’ is used – we’ve not said that every single family will benefit in this way.”