The former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has had his whip removed and is now “suspended” from the party “pending an investigation.”
A Labour Party spokesman said, “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.”
This comes after an inquiry found the Labour Party was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” during Corbyn’s time at the helm.
The UK’s human rights watchdog identified “serious failings” in dealing with anti-Jewish racism.
And the watchdog directly accused Corbyn’s office as they had “politically interfered” in the complaints process.
But Corbyn insisted he did “everything [he] could” to tackle the issue and called the move “political” and promised to “strongly contest” it.
The ECHR investigation found evidence of 23 instances of “inappropriate involvement” by Corbyn’s office, included his staff influencing decisions on suspensions or whether to investigate a claim.
Sir Keir who is a former barrister, said on Thursday that he promises to implement the report’s recommendations “as soon as possible in the New Year” and has vowed to change Labour’s culture.
Corbyn said responding to the EHRC’s findings, he was “always determined to eliminate all forms of racism” and “regretted it took longer to deliver… change than it should.”
But he claimed his team had “acted to speed up, not hinder the process,” and that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons.”
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