Labour splits are emerging as Jeremy Corbyn supporters rallied to his defence following his suspension from the party amid a damning report into its handling of antisemitism.
The investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.
Mr Corbyn rejected some of the equality watchdog’s findings, claiming the issue had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by his critics – a stance that put him at odds with his successor Sir Keir Starmer and led to him having the whip removed on Thursday.
In a bid to avoid a left-wing exodus from the party, Mr Corbyn urged members to “stay” and fight internally against any shift to the centre ground.
A series of Labour MPs supportive of Jeremy Corbyn have come out publicly calling for the former leader’s reinstatement.
Tom Embury-Dennis30 October 2020 07:50
Corbyn vows to fight suspension from Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to fight his suspension from the Labour Party after being stripped of the party whip pending investigation over his response to a damning report on antisemitism under his leadership.
The dramatic move came in response to Mr Corbyn’s refusal to accept all the findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and his continued insistence that allegations of antisemitism were “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
It risked sparking civil war within the party, with former shadow chancellor John McDonnell blasting it as “profoundly wrong” and the left-wing Momentum campaign denouncing it as “a massive attack on the left by the new leadership”.
Tom Embury-Dennis30 October 2020 07:43
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Tom Embury-Dennis30 October 2020 07:39