Jeremy Corbyn has ‘no place’ in Labour after creating ‘home for anti-Semites’ – claim

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The former Labour leader was suspended after he said the scale of anti-Semitism in the party was “overstated” following a damning report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told BBC Newsnight that Mr Corbyn has no place in the party.

She said: “It’s too late for Jeremy Corbyn to give apologies because what has happened during the time when he was leader of the Labour Party is that Labour had become a home for anti-Semites.

“There has now been a finding of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

“My personal opinion is that Jeremy Corbyn has no place in the Labour Party.

“But that is not a matter for me. That us a matter for the Labour Party.”

It comes after Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Corbyn will not sit as an MP for the party in the Commons.

Sir Keir said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the report has “undermined… our work in restoring trust” with the Jewish community.

In a statement on Tuesday, Sir Keir said: “I’m the leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

“Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle antisemitism.

“In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.”

Ms van der Zyl said Sir Keir had “taken the appropriate leadership decision”.

She added that Mr Corbyn had been “shameless and remorseless for what he has put the Jewish community through”.

An ally of the former Labour leader, John McDonnell, said Sir Keir’s move was “just plain wrong” and would cause “more division and disunity in the party”

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Mr McDonnell together with 27 other MPs and four peers, signed a statement urging for a “swift reversal”.

After Labour’s National Executive Committee made their decision to readmitted Mr Corbyn on Tuesday, Sir Keir took to Twitter.

He said: “I know that this has been another painful day for the Jewish community and those Labour members who have fought so hard to tackle antisemitism.

“I know the hurt that has been caused and the trauma people have felt.

“Jeremy Corbyn’s statement in response to the EHRC report was wrong and completely distracted from a report that identified unlawful conduct in our tackling of racism within the Labour Party. This should shame us all.”

The Socialist Campaign Group said the move to not allow Mr Corbyn to sit as an MP for Labour was “wrong and damaging” to the party.

Sir Keir has said he would keep his decision on Mr Corbyn under review.

Mr Corbyn previously said in a statement that it was not his intention to imply antisemitism should be tolerated and he regretted the “pain” caused.

He added: “To be clear, concerns about anti-Semitism are neither ‘exaggerated’ nor ‘overstated’.

“The point I wished to make was that the vast majority of Labour Party members were and remain committed anti-racists deeply opposed to anti-Semitism.”

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