From Sky News…Do I think Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-semite? No, he is just stupid for hanging around a bunch of them in the Middle East thinking they ‘mean well. It looks like Labour is heading for a ‘civil war’ and it’s no wonder the Tories are laughing.
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the party and has had the whip removed.
A party spokesman said: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.”
Mr Corbyn had reacted to a damning report into antisemitism by saying the number of complaints made during his tenure were “dramatically overstated”.
He then gave a press conference in which he repeated this and insisted “I’m not part of the problem”.
The investigation into antisemitism by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found Labour had broken the law in how it dealt with complaints of antisemitism in the period when Mr Corbyn was leader.
Current leader Sir Keir Starmer said in his reaction to the report: “And if – after all the pain, all the grief, and all the evidence in this report, there are still those who think there’s no problem with antisemitism in the Labour Party. That it’s all exaggerated, or a factional attack.
“Then, frankly, you are part of the problem too. And you should be nowhere near the Labour Party either.”
When asked by Sky’s Kate McCann if that meant Mr Corbyn should no longer be a member of the party, Sir Keir repeated his words and said he would look at what his predecessor’s had said.
An hour later, the party said it had suspended Mr Corbyn.