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Starmer wants to ‘draw a line’ under anti-Semitism in Labour

It came after the party agreed to pay damages to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of anti-Semitism.

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said agreeing to pay damages was ‘the right thing to do’ (PA)

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said agreeing to pay damages was ‘the right thing to do’ (PA)

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said agreeing to pay damages was ‘the right thing to do’ (PA)

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has insisted he wants to “draw a line” under anti-Semitism in the party.

The comments came after Labour said it will pay “substantial damages” to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of anti-Semitism.

Sir Keir said: “I want to draw a line under anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

“I made it clear that we would draw a line under anti-Semitism. Settling this case was important in that respect.

“It was the right decision, the right thing to do.”

The decision to pay damages sparked a spat between Sir Keir and his predecessor as party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn said on Wednesday it was “disappointing” the party had settled the claim, claiming it was a “political decision, not a legal one”.

Seven former employees from the party’s governance and legal unit, who were responsible for the investigation of allegations of misconduct by party members, sued Labour after it issued a press release describing them as having “personal and political axes to grind”.

The legal action followed the broadcast in July 2019 of a BBC Panorama programme titled Is Labour Anti-Semitic?.

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