British minister declares Jews ‘shouldn’t have to live in fear again’ after Corbyn defeat

Britain's Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a leading campaigner for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, urged his colleagues to get behind Theresa May's deal
Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a leading campaigner for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, urged his colleagues to get behind Theresa May’s deal

Johnson arrived in Buckingham Palace on Friday to receive formal instructions from Queen Elizabeth II

Jeremy Corbyn’s resounding defeat in the UK’s general election Thursday should signal to Britain’s Jewish community that they should “never have to live in fear again,” Conservative party minister Michael Gove said on Friday. 

“I want to say something to a very special group of people, our Jewish friends and neighbors,” the 52-year-old said during a victory speech in London. .

“You have had to live in fear for months now with concerns we will have a prime minister who trafficked in anti-Jewish rhetoric and embraced anti-Jewish terrorists,” Gove said, adding “ You should never have to live in fear again.”

Corbyn, whose Labour party suffered its worst defeat in over 80 years, announced that after a “very disappointing night” he would be “stepping down” and not run as leader in the UK’s next general election.

Since winning the Labour party’s leadership contest in 2015, Corbyn has been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism and complaints of allowing Jewish hatred to flourish under his command.

With all but one result declared for the 650-seat parliament in Thursday’s momentous election, Boris Johnson’s Conservative party had secured 364 seats — its biggest majority since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Johnson arrived in Buckingham Palace on Friday to receive formal instructions from Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government.

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