Jeremy Corbyn: I did meet Lebanese extremist


Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to admit associating with a Lebanese extremist but insisted he had no recollection of their meetings.

The Labour leadership frontrunner had declared that he did not know who Dyab Abou Jahjah was as he angrily dismissed allegations of anti-Semitism.

But he has now conceded the pair had shared a platform at Westminster in 2009, shortly before Mr Abou Jahjah was banned from re-entering Britain by then home secretary Jacqui Smith.

In a statement, Mr Corbyn said: "My staff have researched this and tell me that I did meet this man in 2009 but I have no recollection of him.

"As an MP I have met thousands of people over the years.

"Because I meet them, it does not mean I share their views or endorse their views."