Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party, attends a hustings event in Wyboston, Britain July 13, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) – The frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson, said on Monday that the leader of the main opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, was guilty of anti-Semitism.
“I think by condoning anti-Semitism the way he does, I’m afraid he’s effectively culpable of that vice,” Johnson told a leadership debate organized by the Sun newspaper and TalkRadio.
The Labour Party has battled accusations of anti-Semitism since 2016 and Corbyn – a veteran campaigner for Palestinian rights – as well as other senior party officials have been accused of failing to take decisive action to deal with it.
Labour says it is “implacably opposed to anti-Semitism”.
Reporting by William James and Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Kevin Liffey