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July 3, 2016 7:14 am

UK Labour Leader Caught On Video Joking With Activist Who Accused Jewish MP of Right-Wing Conspiracy (VIDEO)

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Labour head Jeremy Corbyn (L) and Momentum activist Marc Wadsworth (R) seen sharing a laugh following a conference announcing the results of the party's antisemitism probe. Photo: Video Screenshot.

Labour head Jeremy Corbyn (L) and Momentum activist Marc Wadsworth (R) seen sharing a laugh following a conference announcing the results of the party’s antisemitism probe. Photo: Video Screenshot.

The head of the UK’s Labour Party sparked controversy yet again, when he was caught on tape joking with an activist who had verbally attacked a Jewish MP, the Daily Star reported on Friday.

On Wedesday, Jeremy Corbyn was caught on camera having a laugh with Marc Wadsworth from the far-Left organization Momentum — who accused Labour MP Ruth Smeeth of “colluding” with the right-wing press during a conference announcing the results of an inquiry into allegations of antisemitism in the party. 

As reported by The Algemeiner, Smeeth — who had left the room in tears — called on Corbyn to resign to “make way for someone with the backbone to confront racism and antisemitism in our party and in the country.”

Following the brouhaha, Wadsworth told the Independent, “I didn’t have a clue that Ruth Smeeth is Jewish. I’ve never been called antisemitic in my life. I’ve fought against antisemitism and racism. During the anti-apartheid struggle, I fought alongside the Jewish Board of Deputies. The Jewish people have an ally in me.”

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Nevertheless, in the video in question, Wadsworth can be heard boasting to Corbyn about how he “outed” Smeeth; Corbyn replied, “I sent you a text about that.”

The Labour inquiry concluded that while there is an “occasionally toxic atmosphere” within the party, it is “not overrun by antisemitism, Islamophobia, or other forms of racism.” In comments outlining the results of the inquiry, Shami Chakrabarti — who led the investigation — said any claims that the Jewish people were “part of some kind of media conspiracy…is just wrong.” It was soon after this that Wadsworth hurled this very accusation at Smeeth.

On Tuesday, the Labour Party passed a non-binding no-confidence motion in Corbyn in a 172-40 vote. In spite of many calls on him to resign, Corbyn is remaining steadfast.

According to a new YouGov poll published on Friday, support for the Labour leader has seen a dramatic drop compared to his main rival, Angela Eagle, who has gained in popularity and is expected to challenge Corbyn for Labour leadership.

Watch Corbyn and Wadsworth’s exchange below:

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