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A Labour politician has denied accusations of antisemitism after a website claimed he sang along to Hey Jude while changing the lyrics to “Hey Jews”.

Dan Carden, who serves as Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow international development secretary, is reported to have sang the words repeatedly during a private bus journey from the Cheltenham Festival back to London.

He was a junior shadow minister at the time of the alleged incident, in March 2018.

A Buzzfeed reporter who says he was sitting behind Mr Carden on the bus, wrote: “When the chorus reached the word ‘Jude’, Mr Carden chanted at the top of his voice, ‘Jews, Jews, Jews’.”

Mr Carden has tweeted: “I have been categorical in my denial about allegations relating to a coach trip some twenty months ago.

“This was a coach full of journalists and MPs. If anyone genuinely believed any antisemitic behaviour had taken place, they would’ve had a moral responsibility… to report it immediately. Yet this allegation is only made now when a general election is imminent.

“I stand by my record as an anti-racist campaigner. I would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms.”

It comes on the same day that former Labour education secretary David Blunkett writes in The Daily Telegraph that he is in “despair” at the “antisemitism and thuggery” in the party.

BuzzFeed News said it choose to publish the story following fresh antisemitism claims against Labour candidates over the last 48 hours, and following reports that Mr Carden planned to run for the deputy leadership of the party, following the resignation of Tom Watson.

Speaking on the campaign trail in Leeds, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Carden had “emphatically denied” the allegation.

He said: “It is an awful story. And if it’s true it is utterly and totally unacceptable. I am looking into it.”

Responding to comments made by Lord Blunkett, Mr Corbyn said: “I’m sorry that David Blunkett has chosen this time to say that.

“I lead a party that is huge – it’s half a million members. I lead a party that’s very determined to tackle inequality, poverty and injustice in this country.”

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