Jeremy Corbyn was filmed laughing and joking with the activist who reduced one of his Labour MPs to tears, it has been revealed.
Marc Wadsworth accused Ruth Smeeth of collaborating with the Daily Telegraph at yesterday’s event to launch the party’s report into antisemitism.
Ms Smeeth, Labour MP for Stoke on Trent North, walked out of the central London meeting and later called on Mr Corbyn to resign because, she said, he “stood by and did absolutely nothing”.
Mr Wadsworth describes himself as a “citizen journalist, editor, author, contemporary historian and events manager”.
In video footage taken at the end of the event at which Shami Chakrabarti’s report into Jew hate in the party was published, Mr Corbyn is shown chatting with Mr Wadsworth.
When Mr Wadsworth appears to be pushed as people leave the room, Mr Corbyn says: “Sorry about that.”
Mr Wadsworth replies: “I outed Smeeth, bloody talking to the Torygraph.” Mr Corbyn does not respond.
The Labour leader also appears to say: “I sent you a text.”Mr Wadsworth later said he had no idea Ms Smeeth was Jewish.
It has also emerged that Emily Thornberry, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secrerary, rang Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, to apologise for the confusion over Mr Corbyn’s comments regarding Islamic states.
Yiftah Curiel, the Israeli embassy press attaché, tweeted: “.@AmbMarkRegev welcomed @EmilyThornberry's unequivocal apology following @jeremycorbyn's unacceptable remarks.”
Journalists at the event believed they had heard Mr Corbyn say: "Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for the self-styled Islamic State".
Subsequently, it became clear that what Mr Corbyn had actually said was "Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for the self-styled Islamic states or organisations."
Seamus Milne, Mr Corbyn's director of communications, contacted the JC to explain that Mr Corbyn was in fact comparing Israel to "states like Iran, Pakistan, Hizbollah etc".