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Sir Keir Starmer: Jeremy Corbyn must reflect on response to anti-Semitism report


Former leader Jeremy Corbyn

Former leader Jeremy Corbyn


Former leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on Jeremy Corbyn to "reflect" on his comments after his predecessor was suspended over his response to a damning anti-Semitism report.

He said: "I think he should reflect on what he said. I think it's pretty clear across the Labour movement that most people think he's completely in the wrong place on this."

Sir Keir said there was "no need for a civil war" in the party, adding that "we need to be united, but we also absolutely need to root out anti-Semitism".

He told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show: "Well, I was very clear in my response to the commission (Equality and Human Rights Commission) report on Thursday, which found that the Labour Party had acted unlawfully and there'd been a failure of leadership, that we needed to accept the findings, accept the recommendations and implement them and apologise.

"But I also went on to say that, under my leadership, we will root out anti-Semitism and that those that deny or minimise anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and say it's just exaggerated or part of a factional fight are part of the problem.

"I was therefore very disappointed in Jeremy's response where he appeared to suggest it was exaggerated etc, and I'd invite Jeremy just to reflect on what he said on Thursday." The EHRC found that the party broke equality law when Mr Corbyn was in charge, but he refused to fully accept the watchdog's findings and said anti-Semitism had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons".

The former leader has said he will "strongly contest" the decision to suspend him pending an investigation, which also meant the Islington North MP had the Labour whip removed.

Belfast Telegraph