Former leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has been suspended by the party over comments he made following the release of a report into the party by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
This morning, the EHRC report was released to the public, with it containing damning indictments into the parties failure to deal with antisemitism during the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. It was found that the party had broken the law in its handling of antisemitism under Corbyn’s leadership.
It was announced that he had been suspended from the party some hours later, with many MPs in his own party welcoming the decision.
The EHRC report found that the party had been responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination. Many Jewish people left the party during Corbyn’s tenure, including former MP, Luciana Berger.
In a blog post following the release of the report, she wrote;
“I am grateful to the EHRC for its comprehensive investigation, which today finds the Labour Party guilty of harassment and committing unlawful acts relating to its Jewish members.”
“I left the Labour Party 18 months ago because I could no longer represent a political party that despite dedicating my adult life to, I had come to the sickening conclusion was institutionally racist. My former political home had descended into such a dark place, betraying the values of equality for all, and anti-racism, that Labour has traditionally championed. I had become embarrassed and ashamed to be part of what Labour had become.”
Jeremy Corbyn had rejected some of the findings in the report earlier today, with many of his supporters also rallying around the former party leader, with the hashtag #IStandWithJeremyCorbyn trending on Twitter throughout the morning.
Current Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, reacted to this by suspending his predecessor from the party, stating that;
“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 a part of the problem too. And you should be nowehere near the Labour party either.”
Keir Starmer also stated that he was “truly sorry” for the pain caused to the Jewish community.
Corbyn has subsequently had the whip removed and will be sitting as an independent MP pending investigation.
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission investigation found evidence of antisemitic harassment and discrimination and said the party failed to take effective measures to stop “antisemitic conduct”.
It found the Labour Party breached the Equality Act 2010, with party representatives using “antisemitic tropes” and that many members (including at the leadership level) had suggested that complaints of antisemitism were fake or smears in dealing with two complaints.
There were another 18 cases identified as “borderline” by the commission as there was not enough evidence to suggest the Labour Party was responsible for the conduct of local councillors and local election candidates, however, still produced damning evidence about the failure of the party to take the issues seriously.