David Blunkett says 'anti-Semitism' and 'thuggery' in 'hard-Left Labour party' ...

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Labour's election campaign has suffered another heavy blow as former home secretary David Blunkett said the 'anti-Semitism' and 'thuggery' in the party makes him 'despair' - arguing their best hope is now for a hung parliament. 

Lord Blunkett, who was an MP for 28 years and now sits as a Labour peer in the upper chamber, said the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn winning a majority was 'extraordinarily slim'.

But he urged moderates within the party to 'stay and fight' to ensure the 'voice of reason' prevailed, following deputy leader Tom Watson's decision to stand down.

The former Cabinet minister and party chairman's comments came after a bruising week for the party which has seen two of its former MPs urge voters to back the Tories instead.

Blunkett said that Labour's best hopes were now to hope for a hung parliament (Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is pictured)

Lord Blunkett (pictured), who was an MP for 28 years and now sits as a Labour peer in the upper chamber, said the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn winning a majority was 'extraordinarily slim'

Lord Blunkett (right), who was an MP for 28 years and now sits as a Labour peer in the upper chamber, said the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn (left) winning a majority was 'extraordinarily slim'

Ian Austin and John Woodcock said they would be supporting the Conservatives as they did not believe Mr Corbyn was fit to be in Number 10.

And on Friday, Dame Margaret Hodge - one of the most prominent Jewish figures in Labour - declined to endorse the Opposition leader as prime minister.

Writing in the Telegraph, Lord Blunkett said: 'The behaviour of the hard-Left within the Labour Party - the anti-Semitism, the thuggery, the irrational views on security and international issues, and the lack of realisation that you have to embrace a big tent of people in order to win - certainly makes me despair.

'But it also makes the likelihood of an all-out Labour majority in this general election extraordinarily slim. The political landscape right now is completely different to what the hard-Left would have you believe.

'We are in a 1983 situation here, not a 2017 one - with not only the Lib Dems and the Greens, but the Brexit Party, the Tories and the SNP all seriously vying for traditional Labour votes.'

The 1983 election saw Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party secure a sizeable majority after votes for the opposition were split between Labour and the Liberal/SDP Alliance. 

His intervention comes after another Labour candidate stepped down after allegedly making an anti-Semitic remark.

Gideon Bull, the prospective parliamentary candidate for Clacton, apologised after a Jewish councillor complained about a reference he made to 'Shylock' - the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice.

Gideon Bull (pictured), the prospective parliamentary candidate for Clacton, apologised after a Jewish councillor complained about a reference he made to 'Shylock' - the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

Gideon Bull (pictured), the prospective parliamentary candidate for Clacton, apologised after a Jewish councillor complained about a reference he made to 'Shylock' - the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice 

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson came under fire after he suggested his Brexit agreement was a 'great deal' for Northern Ireland as it would retain access to the EU single market and maintain freedom of movement.

In the space of 24 hours, three have been forced to quit while nine others came under pressure to step down after controversial remarks they had made in the past were exposed.

The row is highly embarrassing for leader Jeremy Corbyn at the end of the first week of the election campaign. 

In total, a dozen Labour candidates have faced controversy in the past seven days.

In a day of disaster for the party, one candidate was forced to quit after allegedly referring to a Jewish councillor as Shylock.

Another came

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