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Emily Thornberry says Labour should not be trying to silence antisemitism whistleblowers

A senior member of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet has admitted the party has an "ongoing problem" with antisemitism and the processes it uses to deal with it.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that Labour should not be "going for" former officials who blew the whistle on how it handled antisemitism in the party, and called on Mr Corbyn to invite the Equality and Human Rights Commission in to help the party improve its systems for handling allegations.

But she criticised deputy leader Tom Watson for pointing the finger of blame at general secretary Jennie Formby at a time when she is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, saying: "I think that is a mistake. We know that she's ill. I think it's completely inappropriate to personalise this."

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