Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that many Jewish people feel “very at home and very happy” in the party, as he responded to questions about the party’s handling of antisemitism accusations.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast programme, the Labour leader also said that many Jewish Labour members had told him “thank you for the processes put in place, thank you for the education processes you’ve put in place.”
He continued: “[When] I became leader of the party, there weren’t any proper processes in place for dealing with any accusations against any members.
“I set up those processes. I also set up a fast-track process and an education process to deal with [it]. So I have made sure that has happened,” he told presenter Louise Minchin.
Channel 4 News' fact checking service reported that, despite being proposed in July, the fast-track process had only been used in one antisemitism panel meeting held in early November.
Mr Corbyn also said that “many Jewish people are obviously upset at any accusations of antisemitism against anybody; and obviously the way in which they’ve been abused, that is completely wrong".
He said: “I’ve made it also clear a Labour government would provide security for synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, and so on.
“And, obviously, we have to get rid of any forms of racism in our society. Antisemitism is one of the nastiest forms of racism there is.”
Labour is currently being investigated by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over allegations it is institutionally antisemitic.
In their 53-page submission to the investigation last week, the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) provided more than 100 testimonies from Jewish and non-Jewish party members who had experienced or witnessed cases of antisemitism in the party, as well as 70 sworn statements from serving and former Labour officials.
The dossier also claimed that 136 complaints against members were still outstanding in October, while around 100 allegations were not logged in the party's system at all.