İrem UZUN -TDO- UK Labour Party former leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended Thursday, hours after the publication of a damning report by The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into anti-Semitism in the party. A Labour spokesperson said Corbyn, who led the party from 2015 to 2019, had been suspended “in light of his comments” in response to the Commission’s report and “his failure to retract them subsequently.”
The EHRC on Thursday identified failings with how Labour Party dealt with anti-Semitism in the party during Corbyn's time as leader. Report concluded there was a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it. The investigation found evidence of 23 instances of "inappropriate involvement" by Corbyn's office out of the 70 files it looked at. Corbyn responded to the report by saying that while he condemned anti-Semites, the scale of the problem under his leadership had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons."
Corbyn reacted by calling the move "political" and promised to "strongly contest" it. "I've made absolutely clear those who deny there has been an antisemitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong. I will continue to support a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of racism," he said on Twitter. The suspension will remain in place while the party carries out an investigation into his remarks.