Jeremy Corbyn suspended from Labour party after EHRC antisemitism report comments – politics live | Politics

Labour MP Harriet Harman said Corbyn’s suspension is “the right thing to do”.

“If you say that AS [antisemitism] exaggerated for factional reasons you minimise it & are, as Keir-Starmer says, part of the problem.”

Harriet Harman

This is the right thing to do. If you say that AS exaggerated for factional reasons you minimise it & are, as @Keir_Starmer says, part of the problem.

October 29, 2020

Corbyn has been suspended from the party after the human rights watchdog found it broke equality law in its handling of antisemitism.

A damning report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.

Corbyn rejected some of the report’s findings and claimed the issue had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by his critics.

His comments prompted the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to take decisive action against his predecessor.

Starmer told reporters: “If – after all the pain, all the grief, and all the evidence in this report – there are still those who think there’s no problem with antisemitism in the Labour party, that it’s all exaggerated, or a factional attack, then, frankly, you are part of the problem too.

“And you should be nowhere near the Labour party either.”

Starmer said the findings of the EHRC investigation marked a “day of shame” for Labour and he was “truly sorry” for the pain caused.

Corbyn denied he was “part of the problem” and told broadcasters he would not quit Labour: “Of course not. I am proud to be a member of the Labour party, I joined the Labour party when I was 16, I’ve fought racism all my life, and I’ll fight racism for the rest of my life.”

A Labour party spokesman said: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation.

“He has also had the whip removed from the parliamentary Labour party.”

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