LONDON – Just six months after stepping down as Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn was kicked out of the party amid a lingering anti-Semitic crisis that has sullied much of his leadership.
This is the first time a former leader has been kicked out of the party since 1931, as Keir Starmer seeks to reshape the party after four years of radical left leadership from Corbyn.
A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) released on Thursday ruled that Labor broke equality laws under the leadership of Corbyn, who was accused of failing to stamp out the anti-Jewish rhetoric on the left and anti-Israel fringes. Of the party.
The EHRC report, which had previously only been moved to investigate racism within the far-right British National Party, found that the system for handling incidents of anti-Semitism was inadequate under Corbyn. “It is hard not to conclude that anti-Semitism within Labor could have been fought more effectively if the leadership had chosen to do so,” he said.
That scathing personal attack on Corbyn wasn’t enough for him, but his response on Thursday morning sparked swift action from Starmer.
Corbyn wrote an equivocal Facebook post in which he accepted that anti-Semitism was unacceptable, but claimed that its prevalence in the Labor Party had been “dramatically overestimated for political reasons”.
Minutes after a press conference on how he would address the issue of anti-Semitism within the party, Starmer ordered Corbyn to withdraw his statement. The former leader refused to do so and was officially suspended from the party.
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