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Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from his party over his response to the EHRC’s report into antisemitism in Labour during his leadership.

The report found Labour broke the law by failing to prevent “discrimination” under his leadership after years of complaints about how allegations of antisemitism were dealt with in the party.

Mr Corbyn claimed in a Facebook post on Thursday that the scale of the problem was “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by opponents of his leadership and later insisted he was not “part of the problem”.

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The Momentum campaign group has tweeted: “We know that Jeremy Corbyn is a lifelong, dedicated anti-racist.

“This suspension risks politicising Labour’s response to anti-Semitism. It is a massive attack on the left by the new leadership and should be immediately lifted in the interests of party unity.

“They want us to give up. They want us to throw in the towel. They want us to feel despair. But we’re not going anywhere.”

Samuel Osborne29 October 2020 15:51


VOICES: ‘Keir Starmer has acted with precision over the antisemitism report – including the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn’

It will take some time before the damage that was done to the good name of the Labour Party can ever be restored, writes chief political commentator John Rentoul in this premium article for Indy Voices:

Samuel Osborne29 October 2020 15:41


In an extended statement, posted on Facebook, Jeremy Corbyn said: “It’s also undeniable that a false impression has been created of the number of members accused of antisemitism, as polling shows: that is what has been overstated, not the seriousness of the problem.

“I will continue to support a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of racism.

“And I urge all members to stay calm and focused – while this problem is resolved amicably, as I believe it will be – to defeat this awful government, which is further impoverishing the poorest in our society.”

Samuel Osborne29 October 2020 15:16


Corbyn suspension ‘risks politicising Labour’s response to antisemitism’, Momentum says

Andrew Scattergood, Momentum co-chair, said: “This suspension risks politicising Labour’s response to antisemitism.

“It is a massive attack on the left by the new leadership and should be immediately lifted in the interests of party unity.”

Samuel Osborne29 October 2020 15:08


Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge said: “This is the right decision following Corbyn’s shameful reaction to the EHRC report.

“Labour is finally saying enough is enough, antisemitism can never be tolerated in our party. Now we can finally move on.”

Samuel Osborne29 October 2020 14:54


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Samuel Osborne29 October 2020 14:45


John McDonnell, the former shadow chancellor, has said Mr Corbyn’s suspension was “profoundly wrong” and has urged calm within the Labour party.

The MP for Hayes and Harlington tweeted: “On the day we should all be moving forward and taking all steps to fight antisemitism, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is profoundly wrong. In interests of party unity let’s find a way of undoing and resolving this.

“I urge all party members to stay calm as that is the best way to support Jeremy and each other. Let’s all call upon the leadership to lift this suspension.”

Samuel Osborne29 October 2020 14:22


The message below was circulated last night to Labour MPs, according to LabourList’s Sienna Rodgers, warning that “no one should be on the media talking about the report” unless asked to do so by the party’s leadership:

Conrad Duncan29 October 2020 14:14


You can also find a detailed round-up of the situation this afternoon below:

Conrad Duncan29 October 2020 14:07

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