Jeremy Corbyn 'Does Not Have Anti-Semitic Bone In His Body,' Andy McDonald Says As Mural Row Engulfs Labour

Senior Labour figures have defended Jeremy Corbyn after he appeared to endorse a “horrible” anti-semitic mural. 

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald claimed Corbyn “does not have an anti-semitic bone in his body” while deputy leader Tom Watson said “very, very sorry that people feel hurt” over how the leader’s office handled the row.

Corbyn claims he was defending “freedom of speech” and did not closely examine the controversial mural – which he has since conceded was antisemitic – before making a supportive post to street artist Mear One on Facebook in 2012. 

The east London mural was painted over as Tower Hamlets Council had ruled it was anti-semitic, but Corbyn’s post asked “Why?” and told the artist he was “in good company”. 

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