JEREMY Corbyn has been sensationally suspended by Labour after his shameless response to a damning anti-Semitism report 

This morning Corbyn refused to apologise after the Equality and Human Rights Commission found the party had broken the law by allowing vile harassment and abuse of Jewish members to thrive.

In a shameless statement, Mr Corbyn said today: "The scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media."

He added that he "did not accept all of the reports findings" and in a video clip had failed to accept he should leave the party.

Just hours later Labour's controversial former leader of more than four years was dramatically suspended by the party.

Follow our Jeremy Corbyn suspension live blog below for the latest news and updates

 

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    JEREMY CORBYN SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FOR ANTI-SEMITISM, CLAIMS JEWISH EX-MP

    Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should be investigated for anti-Semitism in the wake of a damning report on the issue, a Jewish ex-MP has said.

    Luciana Berger, who left the Labour Party last year, accused Mr Corbyn of being anti-Semitic and said his response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) report was “terrible”.

    Ms Berger, who cited a “sea of cases” of anti-Semitism when she left Labour, told BBC Radio Five Live: “The findings of the report today are damning, I don't think they could have been any worse than what we've heard and seen today.

    “For the Labour Party found to be guilty of both harassment and discrimination of Jewish party members gives me absolutely no pleasure.

    “The anti-Semitism permeated the Labour Party from the very top, right through to the very, very bottom. Many things happened that should never have occurred.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    JEREMY CORBYN SPEAKS OUT

    Jeremy Corbyn has just tweeted: “I will strongly contest the political intervention to suspend me.

    “I’ve made absolutely clear those who deny there has been an antisemitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong.

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

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'SIGNIFICANT TURNING POINT'

    Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Shortly after submitting our complaint to Sir Keir regarding Jeremy Corbyn’s statement this morning and his past deeds, we have received confirmation that Mr Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party and had the whip withdrawn.

    “This is a hugely significant turning point and an indicator of real change and accountability at last.

    “We referred Labour to the EHRC precisely because it was not taking our complaints against Mr Corbyn seriously.

    “Four years since our first complaint, Labour has finally begun to take action. Mr Corbyn is part of the problem, and at last our complaints against him and other sitting Labour MPs who seemed untouchable, are now being acted upon.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    CORBYN DENIED BEING 'PART OF THE PROBLEM'

    Jeremy 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.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'SHAMELESS COMMENTS'

    Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has welcomed the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party.

    She said: “Having presided over the descent of a proudly anti-racist party into a party that broke equalities law in its treatment of Jews, his shameless comments today showed that he remains part of the problem and is an obstruction to the resolution of the issue.”

  • John Hall

    'DAY OF SHAME'

    Sir Keir Starmer said it was a “day of shame” for the party and demanded a change in culture in the party.

    He accepted the report in full and vowed to come up with a plan to tackle all the issues within six weeks.

    “I will be judged by what I do, not what I say,” Sir Keir said this morning.

    In a warning shot at critics he blasted: “If you are anti-semitic, you should be nowhere near this party, and we will make sure you are not.

    “We have failed our members, our supporters and the British public.

    “I am truly sorry for the pain and grief that has been caused.”

  • John Hall

    'YESTERDAY'S MAN'

    The Jewish Labour Movement has demanded anyone who claims anti-semitism complaints were “exaggerated” should be booted out of the party.

    Chairwoman and Labour MP Margaret Hodge said the former leader is in “denial” about anti-Semitism.

    She said “it happened on his watch” and said he is “yesterday's man”.

    Former Labour MP Lord Ian Austin accused Mr Corbyn of “playing the victim” and should resign.

  • John Hall

    GOOD RIDDANCE

    Veteran MP Harriet Harman said: “This is the right thing to do. If you say that [anti-Semitism is] exaggerated for factional reasons you minimise it & are, as @Keir_Starmer says, part of the problem.”

    Ex-MP Joan Ryan said this morning he had to go: “I think Jeremy Corbyn has to be expelled, he's dumped himself this morning.

    “One of these unlawful acts and harassment was saying these complains were fake or smears.

    “And he's added to that by saying these complaints by anti-semitism were exaggerated – that's tantamount to the same thing he and others had been saying right from day one.”

  • John Hall

    NO SUPPORT FOR CORBYN

    The report found there were three separate breaches of the law – for members harassing Jewish members, Mr Corbyn's team stepping in and interfering with complaints of anti-semitic bullying, and the party failing to provide training to deal with those complaints.

    Members of the Labour Party pushed “anti-semitic tropes” and when victims of the abuse raised their voice, they were told their claims were “fake”, it said.

    But Labour MPs today rallied around the decision to boot him out.

  • John Hall

    WHAT THE REPORT FOUND

    • Jeremy Corbyn's team personally meddled in at least 23 anti-Semitism complaints
    • The party broke the law three times and must submit a dossier by December 10 or they could face further action
    • Labour had “serious failings” in leadership and its complaints process wasn't up to scratch
    • Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was found guilty of harassment
    • At the worst the party “could be seen to accept” anti-Jew hate

    CORBYN SUSPENDED

    A spokesperson for the Party said this lunchtime: “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.”

    He blamed inheriting a broken complaints system and attacked the party for failing to overhaul it.

    Mr Corbyn claimed as leader he was “determined to eliminate all forms of racism” including anti-Semitism – but the ECHR said his team had personally meddled in complaints.

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