Jeremy Corbyn has denied there is “wide scale” bullying in Labour as another MP quit the party complaining of anti-Semitism within its ranks.
Former minister Ian Austin said he was “ashamed” of the party which had developed a “culture of extremism, anti-Semitism and intolerance” under Mr Corbyn
He said the Labour leader was not fit to be prime minister and warned that other MPs were considering their position in the party.
However, in an interview for Sky News, Mr Corbyn flatly denied there was a widespread problem in the party and said any “bad behaviour” was dealt with.
“There is no place for harshness, bullying or anything else in the party. I don’t believe that it exists on a wide scale,” he said.
“Where there is bad behaviour we deal with it. Where there is a problem we deal with it.”
Mr Corbyn, who has been in Madrid for a meeting of European socialists, took issue with claims by deputy leader Tom Watson the party did have a problem.
“I will be speaking to Tom Watson in the very near future to talk to him about that,” he said.
“He has made a comment. It is his comment, not mine. Of course I disagree with him.”