Watch: Peterborough’s new Labour MP quizzed on anti-Semitism

Watch: Peterborough's new Labour MP quizzed on anti-Semitism
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Peterborough's new Labour MP has only just been elected but already she is finding herself embroiled in controversy. Lisa Forbes was taken to task in the early hours of this morning over a revelation that she once liked a Facebook post saying that Theresa May had a 'Zionist Slave Master's agenda'. Here is what she had to say in response:

'I don't have an anti-Semitic bone in my body.... It was engaging in posts in error and for that I'm deeply sorry.'

Forbes also once signed a letter calling on Labour not to adopt the full IHRC definition of anti-Semitism. It now seems she has changed her tune:

'At the time there was a lot of concern about that definition. The Labour party has since adopted the definition and I agree now that where we are is that we've fully accepted the definition of anti-Semitism and I fully agree with that too.'

Labour moderates are hardly enthusiastic about Forbes' victory. Margaret Hodge said that she has 'seriously mixed feelings about the Peterborough result. I never want to see Nigel Farage’s party in Parliament. But Lisa Forbes & the Labour Party have a lot to answer for'.

Will Forbes' apology be enough?

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