JEREMY CORBYN was today told to his face that the wave of anti-semitism which has shamed Labour is his fault.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid warned that there has been a spike in âdinner party anti-semitesâ, respectable middle-class professionals who secretly harbour a hatred of Jews.
And he demanded that Mr Corbyn take personal responsibility for stamping out hard-left bigotry.
Speaking at a Commons debate on anti-semitism, Mr Javid blasted: âWe cannot and must not ignore the particular concern with elements within the Labour party.
âThis increasing concern has correlated with the current leader of the opposition and the waves of activists that have come with him.â
He added: âThere has frankly been a deeply worrying lack of leadership and moral clarity on this issue from him.
âI sincerely hope that he takes the opportunity to once and for all clarify his position on anti-semitism.â
The minister warned that anti-semitism is not confined to outspoken racists as he described how many middle-class Brits are secretly prejudiced against Jewish people.
Mr Javid said: âThere are the dinner party anti-semites – self-regarding, respectable people who recoil at the accusation of racism but they are quite happy to trot out modern takes on old tropes.â
Mr Corbyn was sitting on the opposite bench throughout the impassioned speech, but is not expected to speak in the debate.
Responding, shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne vowed that Labour would âput our house in orderâ by expelling anti-Jewish bigots.
He said: âRecent events show that we in the Labour party need to be better at policing our own borders.
âThere is no place for anti-semitism in the Labour party, in the left of British politics, in British society at all – end of.
âWe will put our house in order. Let me be clear today – if anyone is denying the reality of anti-semitism on the left, they are not doing so with the endorsement of the Labour party or the leader of the Labour party.â
Todayâs debate in Parliament came after widespread fury at claims that Mr Corbyn has been too soft on anti-semitism among his hard-left supporters.
The Labour leader was forced to apologise after it emerged he had defended an anti-semitic mural, leading to protests from Jewish groups warning him that âenough is enoughâ.
Mr Corbyn will hold crunch talks with community leaders next week in a bid to convince them he is taking the crisis seriously.