Rachel Riley branded ‘thick’ after Countdown star criticises Jeremy Corbyn

Emma Powell
Backlash: Mathematics genius Rachel Riley: Dave Benett

Countdown star Rachel Riley has revealed she was branded “Tory, brainwashed and thick” after she criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over the ongoing anti-Semitism row.

The TV presenter, who is Jewish, tweeted two screenshots, one showing London mayor Sadiq Khan wishing Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah, and another of an article alleging Mr Corbyn praised an activist who called for Israeli MPs to be assassinated.

Riley, 32, captioned the post: “Another game of spot the difference between Labour leaders... @MayorofLondon vs Jeremy Corbyn.”

The maths genius, who also shared a string of articles discussing alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour party, was met with a backlash online.

Criticial: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured arriving at the National Executive of Britain's Labour Party (Getty/Dan Kitwood)

She tweeted: “Much as I appreciate being called Tory, brainwashed and thick, I don’t have any party loyalties, I form my opinions based on available evidence.

“Religion wise, I choose Man United. Life wise I choose the options without intolerance, hatred and fear. #AntiSemitism.”

Mr Corbyn has denied allegations of anti-Semitism but promised to tackle issues within his party.

He posted a statement for Rosh Hashanah in which he acknowledged it was a “difficult time” for British communities.

He said: “I would like to reiterate that the Labour Party stands in solidarity with the Jewish community in the fight against antisemitism.

“We will work to eradicate the social cancer of anti-Semitism wherever is surfaces, including in our own party.

“We need change and I hope this year we can make this happen.”