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Eight years' hard Labour

Episode 4: Jeremy and the Jews

Season 1, Ep. 4

An old Facebook comment from Jeremy Corbyn resurfaces. The Labour leader is forced to to explain why  he publicly supported a graffiti artist accused of painting an antisemitic mural in East London. Allegations of antisemitism against Corbyn’s Labour Party grow.  Some Jewish Labour MPs are exposed to abuse and death threats. Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the Skripal poisonings in Salisbury lead some to question his suitability to be PM.


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