Jeremy Corbyn backs giving job to former Sinn Fein worker
Jeremy Corbyn has defended appointing a former Sinn Fein member of staff to his team.
The Labour leader employed Jayne Fisher, who headed up Sinn Fein's London office and once represented party president Gerry Adams at a 2014 rally for Gaza in the city, a Labour source confirmed.
The move was described to PoliticsHome.com by one Labour insider as "a self-inflicted punishment beating".
Ms Fisher will work as a "stakeholder engagement manager" for Labour, which she joined age 18.
The Daily Mail reported that some Labour MPs confronted Mr Corbyn over the controversial appointment.
But it was reported that the party leader insisted Ms Fisher was "very lovely… and will be a great appointment".
The Guido Fawkes website yesterday published video of Ms Fisher singing on stage alongside veteran republican Brendan 'Bik' McFarlane in 2009.
In 1976 McFarlane was sentenced to life following the Bayardo Bar attack on Belfast's Shankill Road, which killed five.