Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from Labour over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into anti-Semitism in the party.
“In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation,” a spokesperson for the Labour Party said on Thursday.
“He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.”
Corbyn had said allegations about anti-Jewish racism on his watch had been “dramatically overstated” by his political opponents.
On Thursday the EHRC found the party committed unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination while Corbyn was leader.
Keir Starmer, who took over as party leader in April, said the findings were a “day of shame” for the party and he was “truly sorry”.
He said he was “disappointed” in Corbyn’s statement in response to the report and he “fully supports” the decision to suspend him from the party.
He told reporters: “I made it clear that we won’t tolerate anti-Semitism or the denial of anti-Semitism through the suggestion that it’s exaggerated or factional, and that’s why I was disappointed in Jeremy Corbyn’s response and that is why appropriate action has been taken, which I fully support.”
He added: “I want to unite the Labour Party and bring our factions together as a united party.
“But I made a very clear commitment to root out anti-Semitism and I’m going to follow through on that commitment.
“We cannot say ‘zero tolerance’ and then turn a blind eye.”