Jeremy Corbyn: 'My Jewish ancestry'

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2015
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he has some Jewish ancestry.

In an interview in today’s Church Times, he revealed that there was a “Jewish element” in the family.

His mother Naomi was a Bible-reading agnostic “brought up in a religious environment and her brother was a vicar, and there was quite a lot of clergy in her family,” he said.

“Going back a lot further, there is a Jewish element in the family, probably from Germany.”

His father was a church-going Christian.

Mr Corbyn said that he himself was “not anti-religious at all” and probably went to more religious services than most strong believers.

“I go to churches, I go to mosques, I go to synagogues,” he said. “I find the power of faith very interesting.

“I have friends who are very strongly atheist and wouldn’t have anything to do with any faith; but I take a much more relaxed view of it. I think the faith community offers and does a great deal for people.”

Last updated: 9:26am, September 20 2015