Michael Gove hit out at the Labour Party in his speech at the Conservative Party conference, calling it “a toxic cocktail of unrepentant Marxism-Leninism and unacceptable antisemitism”.
Addressing delegates in Birmingham, the food, environment and rural affairs secretary began his speech by warning of the dangers of plastic in the oceans, before launching into an attack on Labour where he said they “trashed” the economy and accused the party of antisemitism.
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“In 1979, after our economy had been trashed by Labour, it was a Conservative Government that came to the rescue,” he said.
“And in 2010, we inherited a deficit out of control, rocketing unemployment and young lives wasted.
“But now, thanks to the steps we took, we have a dramatically reduced deficit, three million new jobs created and youth unemployment is at a record low.
“The Conservatives rescued our country again.
“I feel obliged to point out that every step of this essential economic repair was vigorously opposed by the Labour Party.
‘And if last week told us anything, it’s that we must not allow Labour to wreck our economy ever again.
‘Harold Wilson used to say the Labour Party was a moral crusade or it was nothing.
“Now Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is a toxic cocktail of unrepentant Marxism-Leninism and unacceptable antisemitism.
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“They are giving all the errors of the twentieth century another chance to wreck our society.
“We’ve seen how this story ends before – in misery and shame.
“When our Jewish friends and neighbours live in fear for their futures, let us stand with them against prejudice, against intimidation, against bigotry and against hate.
“So let us take action today. Right here, right now.
“Let a message come loud and clear from this hall, a message of unshakeable solidarity with the Jewish community.”
Corbyn vowed to fight antisemitism
A Labour Party spokesperson reiterated that Jeremy Corbyn vowed to fight antisemitism in his leader's speech at conference last week.
He said: "The row over antisemitism has caused immense hurt and anxiety in the Jewish community and great dismay in the Labour Party. But I hope we can work together to draw a line under it.
"I say this to all in the Jewish community: this party, this movement, will always be implacable campaigners against antisemitism and racism in all its forms."
He also criticised the Conservative party for "endorsing" Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, and called members "hypocrites" for accusing Labour of antisemitism while failing to denounce Orban.
Campaign groups have raised concern about Orban about “anti-Semitic undertones” in his campaign, for comments about Muslims, and the politician’s attitude towards migrants.