The chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council has called on Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand up for "vilified" Labour MPs after a fresh row over relations with the Jewish community.

The Guido Fawkes website reported that Mr Corbyn attended a meeting of a radical left-wing group called Jewdas, which has criticised mainstream Jewish organisations for their protests over alleged Labour anti-Semitism.

Jonathan Goldstein told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Look, firstly, I think it's important to say that every community is open to all strands of opinion, we have no issue with Jewdas and Jewdas having its opinions that it does, no community should have any problem with that.

"What is surprising is that we've had silence from Mr Corbyn since we responded to him last Wednesday and he said in his statement on Monday that he was going to be a militant opponent of anti-Semitism and to always be our ally.

"And he in his first act towards the Jewish community has gone to sit with a group who describe the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies' actions as being a cynical ploy.

"And instead, really, he should have spent his time standing up for those Labour MPs who have been vilified within their own constituencies by members of their party for standing with us at a demonstration last Monday."

The Jewish Labour Movement said Jeremy Corbyn's attendance at the event "topped off the worst week on record of awful relations between the Labour Party and the Jewish community".

Spokesman Ivor Caplin, a former MP, said: "When we called on the leader of our party to show moral leadership and take decisive action to stamp out anti-Semitism, this is not what we had in mind.

"Jewish party activists have spent the weekend knocking on doors for local candidates for council elections across the country.

"They do not deserve the indignity of our leader making this situation even worse."