Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure after a BBC Panorama documentary on anti-Semitism within Labour (Image: GETTY/BBC NEWSNIGHT)
Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is under intense pressure after a BBC Panorama documentary suggested there is widespread anti-Semitism within Labour. The Labour Party strongly denies the allegation and insists it is committed to fighting racism. Mr McTernan served as an adviser to a number of top Labour figures including Tony Blair and Jim Murphy, the party’s former Scottish leader.
Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, claimed the party’s response to the documentary “breached all common standards of decency”.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight Mr McTernan said: “This is the end of the Corbyn project if the Corbyn project was to achieve power, for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister.
“It’s the achievement of the Corbyn project if the project was to smash the Labour Party, to break it up and to render it into fragments one of which is dominated by a hard-left who are alien in their values and ideology to the Labour Party.
“I never thought when I joined the party, when I was 15 years old, I’d have to defend the Labour Party against the charge of anti-Semitism.”
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