PUBLISHED: 08:44, Fri, Nov 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 08:49, Fri, Nov 8, 2019
Shami Chakrabarti was challenged on the new policies the Labour Party has adopted to tackle reports of anti-Semitism among its members after long-standing member and former Labour minister Ian Austin urged voters to back the Conservatives in the upcoming election. The shadow Attorney-General personally led an inquiry in 2016 and concluded there was an "occasionally toxic atmosphere" in relation to antisemitic allegations. BBC Today programme host Martha Kearney challenged Mrs Chakrabarti over the apparent lack of response to claims of anti-Semitism: "You yourself carried out a report into this a number of years ago. It’s a current issue.
"Has that cause irreparable damage?
"If you look at the front page of the Jewish Chronicle, the main newspaper for the Jewish community, they quote an opinion poll saying that the vast majority of British Jews consider Jeremy Corbyn to be an antisemite."
Earlier in the programme, veteran Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge struggled to confirm she would endorse Jeremy Corbyn at the December 12 general election despite recently having been reconfirmed as Labour's candidate for Barking.
Dame Margaret emerged as one of the most vocal critics of her party leadership's response to allegations of anti-Semitism within Labour.
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Shami Chakrabarti was challenged over Labour's response to anti-Semitism allegations (Image: BBC)
Shami Chakrabarti insisted the party has "significantly improved" their response mechanisms (Image: BBC)
Ms Chakrabarti admitted she was disappointed Dame Margaret could not confirm she would back Mr Corbyn but insisted Labour "seriously improved" its policies over the past few years.
She said: "In all honesty, I think that in recent times we have seriously improved our processes in a way that took too long to do. There’s no doubt about it.
"Two years after my report wasn’t implemented, it’s only in more recent times that we’ve increased