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David Lammy turns on Jeremy Corbyn

David Lammy turns on Jeremy Corbyn
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David Lammy has always had Jeremy Corbyn’s back, but it seems his patience in the Labour leader might be wearing thin. In a story that emerged yesterday, Corbyn was caught on tape claiming that Zionists ‘don’t understand English irony’ despite them having lived in Britain ‘for a very long time’. It appears that Corbyn’s remarks – which are being taken by some as a reference to Jews, rather than merely Zionists – are a step too far, even for Lammy. The Labour MP condemned the comments and called them ’insidious’:

The “English irony” comments are wrong and risk offending the 90% of British Jews who identify as Zionists, not only those referred to at the start of this speech. That’s why I condemn this type of insidious language, wherever it comes from. https://t.co/GEDlTLvnI2

— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) August 24, 2018

It wasn’t long ago that a leaked list ranking Labour MPs by their loyalty to Corbyn emerged, which placed Lammy in the ‘core group’ of faithful followers alongside Diane Abbott and Clive Lewis. How much longer before others in the Corbynite crew follow Lammy’s lead and call out their dear leader?

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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