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Our top picks from the news this week include a senior Labour figure urging the party to apologise for how anti-Semitism has been dealt with in the party, Which? calling out Black Friday sales as ‘all hype’ and TSB’s plans to cut costs resulting in 82 branches to close.

Senior Labour figure urges anti-Semitism apology

A senior member of Jeremy Corbyn's team has said he should apologise to the UK's Jewish community after the Chief Rabbi criticised how the party deals with anti-Semitism claims.

In a BBC interview with Andrew Neil, the Labour leader was asked four times whether he would like to apologise. Mr Corbyn did not apologise, but said that his government would protect "every community against the abuse they receive".

Nia Griffith, Labour's defence spokeswoman, said the party's handling of the issue "is a shame on us". She told a BBC Wales election debate the party had not been as effective as it should have been in dealing with it.

The BBC Wales Live debate, from Haverfordwest, also had questions from the audience on Brexit, poverty and struggling families, climate change and trust in politicians.

James Wells MEP, for the Brexit Party, said 4,000 food parcels handed out to children doing school holidays in Wales showed there was a problem, and there needed to be review of universal credit and an end to delays: "The roll-out of the universal credit system has been a disaster. It needs to be reformed." But he said talk of negative effects from a no-deal Brexit was "scare-mongering".

David TC Davies for the Conservatives said he totally accepted that poverty existed and would never be complacent about it: "The quickest way out of poverty is to ensure people have got work - and we have the lowest unemployment figures for 40 years and where we're looking to target tax cuts we're looking to target those who are the least well off."

Jane Dodds, for the Liberal Democrats, admitted her party could have done "much more to stand up to the Conservative cuts when we were in coalition but nine years later we should be looking forward to a vision for the future, with more for schools and a look at universal credit and zero hours contracts.”

Ms Griffith said there needed to be a living wage of at least £10 per hour from the age of 16, "so people get money to take home which is realistic," whilst universal credit needed to be completely reformed.

Black Friday sales offer few real discounts, says Which?

Black Friday sales offer few real deals with most goods cheaper or available for the same price at other times, according to consumer group Which?.

It found that just four of 83 products they studied last year were cheaper during the Black Friday promotion.

Among products cheaper outside of Black Friday were a tumble dryer, smart speaker, coffee maker and TV soundbar.

Which? home products and services chief Natalie Hitchins said shoppers should do research and never impulse buy.

The consumer group tracked the products on Black Friday last year – 23 November. The items, from retailers including Currys PC World, Amazon, and John Lewis, were monitored six months before the date and six months after.

Just four products were cheaper on Black Friday than at other times of the year. Six in 10 items were cheaper or the same price on at least one day in the six months prior to last year's Black Friday event.

When looking at the two-week period surrounding Black Friday itself – including sale prices in the week before and after – it was found that three quarters of products were cheaper or the same price in the six months after.

TSB to close branches next year to cut costs

TSB is to close 82 branches next year as part of a plan by new chief executive Debbie Crosbie to make £100m of cost cuts by 2022.

The Spanish-owned bank has 540 branches and is trying to restore its reputation after last year's huge IT failure, which hit 1.9 million customers.

The outlets to be shut will be named on 28 November after staff have been told.

TSB would not comment on job numbers, but it is thought that between 300 and 400 positions will be affected.

Ms Crosbie replaced Paul Pester, who stepped down in September last year following the IT debacle that began in April 2018 when an attempt to move data to a new computer system went wrong.

Last week, customers again faced problems, this time with wages and other payments being paid into their accounts.

Announcing the new strategy, Ms Crosbie said, "The plan we're sharing today involves some difficult decisions, but it sets TSB up to succeed in the future.

"Our new strategy positions TSB to succeed in a challenging environment at a time when we know customers want something different and better from their bank."