Readers will remember ‘Jihad’ Jenny Tonge, the disgraced LibDem peer at the centre of a number of anti-Semitism storms. She was infamously recorded saying Israel “will not last forever” and was sacked for saying she would consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were Palestinian. Tonge told the Sunday Times:
“I know that lots of Lib Dems are contemplating supporting Jeremy Corbyn, including me. I like and admire Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. I think they are some of the most honest people you could come across.”
Ambushed with the news on the Today programme, Tom Watson said the woman deemed too beyond the pale to remain in the LibDems is “welcome” to join Labour. Which is a policy shift from the previous Labour leadership:
No place in politics for those who question existence of the state of Israel. Nick Clegg must condemn Jenny Tonge's remark & demand apology
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) February 29, 2012
What was it about terror-sympathising Jeremy Corbyn that attracted Jihad Jenny to the Labour Party?