JEREMY Corbyn has said he is "very sorry" for "everything that has happened" in his party regarding anti-Semitism after mounting criticism for his failure to personally apologise.

The Labour leader was under fire after he refused four times to say sorry during an interview with the BBC's Andrew Neil last week.

He was again repeatedly asked to apologise to the Jewish community for anti-Semitism by party members during an interview with ITV's This Morning.

Mr Corbyn said: "Our party and me do not accept anti-Semitism in any form...Obviously, I'm very sorry for everything that has happened.

"But I want to make this very clear; I am dealing with it, I have dealt with it, other parties are also affected by anti-Semitism.

"Candidates have been withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats, and the Conservatives and by us because of it. We just do not accept it in any form whatsoever," he declared.

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His apology follows intense criticism from within the Labour ranks after Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said a "poison...sanctioned from the top" had taken root in the party and suggested Mr Corbyn was unfit to be Prime Minister.

Mr Corbyn also suggested in the interview that he would want to stay on as Labour leader even if he failed to take his party to victory in the General Election.

Asked whether he would remain as leader at the end of the next parliamentary term even if he fails to win a majority, the 70-year-old politician replied: "I hope so, yes, because I feel I'm fit, I feel I'm quite young enough to do the job...and I'm very determined to carry out what we've got there."