Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party after accusing “opponents” of exaggerating the issue of anti-Semitism.
Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party today after he claimed anti-Semitism was “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
The shocking announcement was made against Keir Starmer’s predecessor just hours after accusing “opponents” of exaggerating anti-Jewish racism.
This landmark moment means that the man who has previously led the Labour Party for four and a half years – up until this spring – has had the whip removed pending an investigation.
If it is found that Mr Corbyn broke the party rules, he could be disciplined or even expelled.
A watchdog report found that Mr Corbyn’s office has unlawfully made anti-Semitism complaints – including one against the leader himself.
A Labour 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.”
An official report against the Labour Party has stated that it breached equality law in its “inadaquate” handling of anti-Semitism cases.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has also found that with almost two dozen alleged cases, Mr Corbyn’s office has unlawfully “politically Interfered”.
After EHRC announced its damning finds, Jeremy Corbyn has said today “I do not accept” and added, “my team acted to speed up, not hinder the process”.
In a 270 word statement, he offered no apology yet acknowledged that “of course” there is anti-Semitism within the party, but continued: “One antisemite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”
In a media interview later on, he refused to take back his comments and insisted that the scale of the problem has been “exaggerated”.
Mr Corbyn told Sky News: “The numbers have been exaggerated in my view. The public perception in an opinion poll last year was that a third of all Labour party members were under suspicion of anti-Semitism.
“The reality is it was 0.3 per cent of members has a case against them which had to be put through the process.”
When asked if he was sorry he had failed, he answered: “I don’t believe I did fail.”
He was then asked if he planned on resigning, to which he replied: “Of course not.”
Mr Corbyn then added: “I’m not part of the problem.”
Just moments later, Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party.