Michael Danby refuses to apologise for ad attacking ABC’s Sophie McNeill

Labor MP says ad claiming ABC’s Jerusalem correspondent’s bias reflects views in his electorate and dismisses reports senior party figures want to dump him

The federal Labor MP Michael Danby has refused to apologise for using taxpayer dollars to fund an advertisement in the Australian Jewish News accusing ABC Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill of being biased in her reporting of Jews and Palestinians.

But he has promised not to publish any more ads about McNeill, conceding he had been pulled into line by Labor leader Bill Shorten.

Related: ABC’s Sophie McNeill accused of anti-Israel bias in ad by Labor MP

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