Jeremy Corbyn privately expressed concern that evidence of anti-Semitism within Labour was "mislaid or ignored", leaked recordings suggest. A newspaper has released part of a conversation the party leader had with Dame Margaret Hodge, which she taped.
The Barking MP said she made the recording as an "insurance policy". A Labour spokesman said the tape showed Mr Corbyn's desire for "robust and efficient" procedures and to "rebuild trust with the Jewish community".
Throughout much of his leadership, Mr Corbyn has been dogged by criticism from within the party about his handling of anti-Semitism claims. Last year he became embroiled in a row with Labour's Dame Margaret over the issue, which saw the party launch - and then drop - disciplinary action against the long-serving Jewish MP.
She secretly recorded a conversation between the pair in February, as Mr Corbyn talked over a plan to recruit former cabinet minister Lord Falconer to review the party's complaints process. "Just to reassure you, he's not going to be running the system; he's not entitled to do that," the Labour leader says on the tape, which was given to the Sunday Times.