Jeremy Corbyn to fight suspension from Labour after EHRC antisemitism report comments – politics live

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Former party leader has whip removed over comments following publication of Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry

Unite union boss and Corbyn ally Len McCluskey said the decision to suspend the former party leader will “create chaos” within Labour and leave it “doomed to defeat”.

This was a day for our party to move forward as one to defeat the evil of anti-Semitism.

However, the decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn has threatened that opportunity.

Jewish Voice for Labour, a network for Jewish Labour Party members, has launched a petition to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn, saying it was “appalled” by his suspension.

The petition, which does not comment on the EHRC report, said Corbyn’s comments were “not a valid cause” for suspension, calling it an “injustice”. It has gathered 35,000 signatures.

We are appalled that Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party and the whip withdrawn. He has a proud record of fighting all forms of racism and antisemitism. This is an attack both on Jeremy and on the majority of party members. Do not leave, organise, fight back

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