Lord Blunkett has revealed his “despair” at the “anti-Semitism and thuggery” that has emerged within Labor this week. He added Mr Corbyn’s chances of a majority in the December 12 poll is “extraordinarily slim”. He wrote in the Telegraph: “The behavior of the hard-Left within the Labor Party – the anti-Semitism, the thuggery, the irrational views on security and international issues, and the lack of realization 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 Labor 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 Laborvotes. “
In 1983, Tory Margaret Thatche r increased her majority over Labor’s Michael Foot from 43 to 144 Seats.
The Labor Party has had a disastrous first week in their election campaign(Image: GETTY)
This was partly due to huge numbers of voters defecting from Labor to the Liberal-SDP Alliance.
Lord Blunkett added: “So the issue is not what happens if Labor wins a majority, but whether we find ourselves in a hung parliament again with Labor in opposition. ”
He urges average Labor MPs not to quit because “there is going to be a future for Labor, and the future is worth fighting for. ”
His words come after six candidates were accused this week of either making anti-Semitic comments or playing down the extent of the problem, as well as making offensive comments.
Gideon Bull, the candidate for Claction, stepped down after it emerged he had used the offensive term “Shylock” in front of a Jewish councillor.
The prospective Liverpool MP also apologized for insinuating Boris Johnson’s mother had been raped by Jimmy Saville.
Mr Corbyn, described as “unfit to lead ”By four senior ex-Labor MPs also lost his deputy Tom Watson over anti-Semitism and Brexit.
A Labor Party source said: “We’ve conducted extensive due diligence checks on candidates and we have taken swift an d robust action.
“ In a snap general election hundreds of candidates have to be immediately selected and staff have worked incredibly hard to conduct due diligence in time. ”
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12. 06 pm update: Corbyn leaves Jews terrified of Labor winning general election after anti-Semitism crisis
RabbiJonathan Romain has warned his congregants in Maidenhead are growing concerned about the “terrifying stench of anti-Semitism” within the opposition party.
He wrote in The Daily Mail: “There used to be a time when, after a service in my synagogue in Maidenhead , my congregants would come up and ask me seemingly trivial questions, such as whether Jews can have tattoos.
“But in recent months, their concerns have been of a more urgent, personal nature: ‘Will we be safe?’
“They are, of course, referring to the terrifying stench of anti-Semitism.”
11. 39 am update: Matt Hancock accused of ‘whitesplaining’
Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi has accused Matt Hancock of “whitesplaining ”Over his comments that other Conservatives“ take a more balanced approach ”on Islamophobia than her.
Ms Warsi, the first ever Muslim woman in cabinet, tweeted:“ Oh @MattHan Thank you for “whitesplaining” this to me.
“I’m so glad I have colleagues like you who can educate me even after my 30 years of experience of work in Race relations ” ” Thousand apologies sir ”.
11. 06 am update: Labor’s Rayner criticises Labor candidate for ‘unacceptable’ picture of Theresa May
Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said an image a Labor candidate shared online of former prime minister Theresa May at gunpoint was “unacceptable”.
The party’s candidate for the Jarrow seat Kate Osborne shared the image on Facebook during the last general election.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Ms Rayner said: ” As somebody who’s faced a level of abuse and death threats as a politician, I think a lot of people out there really don’t see the vitriol and the nastiness that’s online that’s pointed towards politicians at the moment.
“So I think it’s totally unacceptable to share images like that. “
Asked if Ms Osborne should stand down, Ms Rayner said:” It’s not a matter for me whether or not that happens, it will be the NEC (National Executive Committee) but I think we’ve all got to take responsibility for what we post online and what we say and we’ve got to lead by example. “
10. 36 am update: Matt Hancock leaves Sky News’ Sophy Ridge speechless as she gets key NHS figure wrong
The Sky News host was preparing to ask the Health Secretary a question onNHSspending allocated to priva te companies.
But as she began the question with the proposition that “currently 7.3 percent of NHS spending goes on private providers”, Matt Hancock interrupted her with a resounding “no”.
Ms Ridge struggled to say anything for a few seconds then asked: “No? 7.3 percent of NHS spending goes on private providers in 2018 / 19. ”
The Tory frontbencher was forced to correct her:“ No. No. That doesn’t include GP surgeries, most GPs are private providers.
“It doesn’t include pharmacists, pharmacies are private businesses.
“The NHS has always provided the services through a mixed economy.
“ What matters is that it is free at the point of delivery.
“So I’m against the idea that we would scrap that, I’m against the privatisation of the NHS – the idea that people should pay for it.”
10. 26 am update: Lib Dems ‘looking at court action’ over Jo Swinson’s exclusion from BBC pre-election debate between Johnson and Corbyn
The broadcaster announced on Friday that it would host a head-to-head debate between the Prime Minister and Labor leader on December 6.
It comes after Ms Swinson said her party would launch legal action if ITV does not include her in its televised leaders’ debate set to be aired on November 19
Layla Moran, the party’s education spokeswoman and Oxford West and Abingdon candidate, said it was “critical” that the TV debates had a Remain voice.
“We are the biggest, strongest Remain party fielding candidates in all parts of the UK and actually we are the only party that can challenge Labor and the Conservatives on this, “she told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.
” We are in discussions with lawyers about what we are going to do with the ITV debate and we are also looking at court action for the BBC one too. “
Ms Moran claimed it was” entirely possible “that Ms Swinson could be prime minister.
9. 43 am update: Tories promise to increase GP numbers
As their election campaign kicks off, the Conservatives have said they will fund the training of 500 more GPs in England every year.
They say this would mean 3, 000 more newly-qualified GPs, or doctors doing their GP training, in surgeries by 2024.
This comes after a previous Tory pledge to hire an extra 5, 000 GPs by 2020 is still not close to being met.
Meanwhile, Labor said it planned to invest in family doctor services and more GPs.
They added it has become “harder and harder to get a GP appointment under the