'Brave and courageous' - Keith Vaz hails Jeremy Corbyn for launching anti-Semitism inquiry

'Brave and courageous' - Keith Vaz hails Jeremy Corbyn for launching anti-Semitism inquiry

Keith Vaz MP

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Keith Vaz has hailed Jeremy Corbyn for opening an investigation into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, calling it "brave and courageous."

The leader of the opposition has been dealing with ongoing accusations of discrimination within the party. Last week, MP Naz Shah was suspended for anti-Semitic facebook posts, while former London mayor Ken Livingstone made comments alleging Hitler supported Zionism.

Over the weekend, Corbyn announced the inquiry would take place to attempt to manage the situation, but he could already be facing a leadership challenge from fellow MP Margaret Hodge as a result of the accusations. 

Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, advised against this, praising the party leader's swift response to the issue.

"I wouldn't advise her to challenge him [Corbyn]," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Jeremy was right to set up this inquiry.

"The fact he has set it up shows he regards there to be a problem."

The MP, who also chairs the Home Affairs Committee, admitted the situation which erupted all over the news last week could have been "handled much better."

"It was a bit of a shambles," he said. "Now we're on the right track.

"Let's get a proper inquiry and let's get this done."

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