Tony Blair Tells James O'Brien That Corbyn's Labour Put Out Welcome Mat For Anti-Semites

6 March 2019, 12:44 | Updated: 6 March 2019, 12:46

Tony Blair said that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn has put out a "welcome mat" for anti-Semites.

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The former Prime Minister was talking to James O'Brien as the first guest of his new podcast Full Disclosure.

James asked him about Labour's anti-Semitism, after Jewish MP Luciana Berger was driven out of the party.

Mr Blair said: "It shocks me and it's a shameful thing for the Labour Party.

"It’s happened because, look there is a whole series of people with a set of very far-left attitudes, some of which around the foreign policy questions, particularly around Israel, and they’ve come in to the Labour Party.

"When I was leader and actually throughout the 80s and early 90s, John Smith, Neil Kinnock, the door was locked and barred to those elements with a kind of ‘not welcome’ sign on the door.

"And the truth is now because the leadership is from that tradition, the door is open with a welcome mat."

Tony Blair, speaking on the podcast Full Disclosure
Tony Blair, speaking on the podcast Full Disclosure. Picture: LBC

Speaking about how the party can solve it, the former Prime Minister said: "The Labour Party should take as much action as it possibly can.

"It’s a horrible thing when you have members of the Jewish community who think if Labour comes to power, it’s risk for them. That’s an unacceptable thing."

The full interview is a fascinating look at the world with the former Prime Minister. Among the other topics they discussed are:

- What policy decision keeps Tony Blair up at night?

- What is his view on the anti-Semitism row in the Labour Party?

- Could he quit Labour and join The Independent Group?

- How does he feel about the fact that people dislike him so much over his policy on the Iraq War?

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