Labour has accused Boris Johnson of launching a “baseless political attack” after he and Jeremy Hunt suggested Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic.
The Conservative leadership candidates were both asked at last night’s talkRADIO debate whether they thought the Labour leader was antisemitic.
Mr Johnson said: “I think by condoning antisemitism in the way he does, I am afraid he is effectively culpable of that vice.”
When asked the same question, Mr Hunt said: “Unfortunately, he may be.”
A Labour spokesman said: “Jeremy Corbyn is implacably opposed to antisemitism in all its forms and has campaigned against it throughout his life.”
He said Mr Johnson is guilty of “Islamophobic comments” directed at Muslim women in the past, and he missed an opportunity last night to apologise for describing “gay men as 'tank-topped bum boys'.”
Mr Corbyn has been under increased pressure to deal with allegations of antisemitism within the party after a damning report from the BBC.
He is also facing calls from senior Labour peers to investigate harassment, who have warned without full openness it is “a cancer that will continue to grow”.
Labour has denied the claims made in the BBC programme and has written a complaint to the broadcaster.
The shadow cabinet is expected to meet on Monday to discuss the alleged antisemitism, and Mr Corbyn will then face questions from MPs.