Sir Keir Starmer has been warned he faces a split in the Labour Party after Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension over a report on anti-Semitism. A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.
Mr Corbyn rejected some of the equality watchdog’s findings and claimed the issue had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by his critics. The former Labour leader’s stance put him at odds with his successor Sir Keir Starmer and led to him having the whip removed.The move will “create chaos within the party” and put any chance of election success in jeopardy, he added. The fallout came on what Sir Keir labelled a “day of shame” for Labour after the EHRC found the party broke equality law over its handling of anti-Semitism complaints.
The EHRC investigation found evidence of “political interference” by then leader Mr Corbyn’s office in the complaints process.Interim chairwoman Caroline Waters said there had been “inexcusable” failures which “appeared to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle anti-Semitism rather than an inability to do so”.