Keir Starmer and anti-Semitism report – Sir Keir responds – day of shame
Latest: Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn after an inquiry found the party responsible for “unlawful” harassment and discrimination when he was leader.
The UK’s human rights watchdog identified “serious failings” under former leader Jeremy Corbyn to deal with anti-Jewish racism. And the watchdog said Mr Corbyn’s office had “politically interfered” in the complaints process.
Labour’s new leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was “a day of shame”. He promised to implement the recommendations of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) “as soon as possible in the New Year”. Also to “change the culture” of the party.
Mr Corbyn issued a statement on his response to the report: I was “always determined to eliminate all forms of racism”. Corbyn: “regretted it took longer to deliver that change than it should”.
But he claimed his team had “acted to speed up, not hinder the process”. Mr Corbyn said that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
Sir Keir added that anyone who was anti-Semitic “should be nowhere near this party”. He served as shadow Brexit secretary under Mr Corbyn,
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