The UK Labor Party suspended former leader Jeremy Corbyn after an anti-Semitic report found it mishandled complaints of anti-Semitism under his leadership.
His suspension came after Corbyn said he “did not accept all” the findings of a report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that the party had violated the Equality Act. through handling of anti-Semitic complaints.
The EHRC said there were “serious leadership failures” in the report and “political intervention” in handling complaints, including 23 cases in which Corbyn̵7;s office interfered with the claims. Investigate and / or decide whether to suspend the people involved in the complaints.
After the report was published, the former party leader said in one Facebook statement that he had worked to “eliminate all forms of racism and eradicate the cancer of anti-Semitism”, but accuse the media and his opponents of “exaggerating excessive “matter” for political reasons. “
“The Jewish members of our party and the broader community were right to expect us to solve that problem and I regret that it takes longer to make that change,” he said. than needed. “One antagonist is too much, but the scale of the issue is also overly exaggerated by our internal and external opponents, as well as by many media outlets for our political reasons.”
“Although I don’t accept all of its findings, I do believe its recommendations will be implemented quickly to help move through this stage,” he concluded.
A Labor Party spokesman said in a statement collected by Bloomberg News that Corbyn would no longer represent the party in the House of Representatives.
“Prior to his comments made today and his failure to withdraw them afterward, the Labor Party suspended Jeremy Corbyn to await an investigation,” the spokesperson said. .
Corbyn has released one separate statement after being suspended, saying he “would strongly oppose political interference to suspend me.”
“I have made it completely clear that the Labor Party’s anti-Semitic denials are wrong,” he said.
“It is also undeniable that a false impression has been made about the number of members accused of anti-Semitism, as the poll shows: that is what has been exaggerated, is not the severity of the problem, ”he added.
I would strongly oppose political interference to suspend me.
I have made it absolutely clear that those who deny having an issue of anti-Semitism within the Labor Party are wrong.
I will continue to support a zero tolerance policy for all forms of racism.
– Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 29, 2020
The current leader of the party, Keir Starmer, said in a statement that it was a “day of shame” for the party and apologized for the “pain and grief” that the Jews have experienced, according to Bloomberg. . He said he would take all word suggestions Report to EHRC and provide an action plan to the committee in six weeks.
Starmer said in a news conference that the report showed a “collective failure” by the party, adding, “Those who deny having the problem are part of the problem.”