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    Emily Thornberry receives a standing ovation as she demands Labour kicks out “sickening individuals” who use the party’s “legitimate support for Palestine as a cloak and a cover for their despicable hatred of Jewish people”.

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    I say standing ovation - you need to watch to the very end. And watch closely.

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    Emily Thornberry receives a standing ovation as she demands Labour kicks out “sickening individuals” who use the party’s “legitimate support for Palestine as a cloak and a cover for their despicable hatred of Jewish people”.

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    Emily Thornberry spoke to @LBC after her speech about anti-Semitism.

    Q: why is she only one speaking about the problem from the main stage at the conference?

    She told me: "I think the leadership has been there for the party. I think we have taken too long with this issue."

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    She added: "We need to continue to deal with it. It isn't fixed. We have lost the trust of a large number of Jewish people.

    "You can lose trust very quickly and it takes a long time to get it back and we need to work on it."

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    Me: "Do you think it can be done?"

    Emily Thornberry: "Yes I do. With good will."

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    In same interview, I asked Ms Thornberry why Jeremy Corbyn didn't join others in a standing ovation when she said anti-Semites should be expelled.

    She told me: "I spoke to Jeremy after my speech. He said he was really pleased that I had addressed it in the way that I had."

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    Me: "He didn't stand up when you said that Labour needed to root out anti-Semites though".

    Ms Thornberry: "He stood up for a long time afterwards and I spoke to him."

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    She added: "I can tell you truthfully that he said 'You know, well done, that was a great speech, I am really pleased you addressed things in the way that you did'."

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