Jeremy Corbyn to be ‘readmitted to the Labour Party’
Islington North MP restored to party after being suspended following publication of EHRC report into antisemitism
17 November, 2020 — By Calum Fraser
JEREMY Corbyn is set to be readmitted to the Labour Party, it is understood.
A panel of five members of Labour’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), met today (Tuesday) to discuss the Islington North MPs case and decided to restore his membership of the party, it has been reported.
The former Labour leader was suspended after comments he made following the publication of a report into anti-Jewish racism in Labour ranks on October 29 by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The watchdog said it had found the party was responsible for breaches of the Equality Act relating to “political interference in antisemitism complaints”, “harassment” and failure to provide “adequate training” to those handling antisemitism complaints.
Mr Corbyn said in a statement: “I am pleased to have been reinstated in the Labour Party and would like to thank Labour members, trade unionists and supporters at home and around the world who have offered their solidarity.
“Our movement must now come together to oppose and defeat this deeply damaging Conservative government.”
Earlier in the day he released a statement “clarifying” the comments he had made shortly after the EHRC report was published.
He said: “The publication of the EHRC report should have been a moment for the Labour Party to come together in a determination to address the shortcomings of the past and work as one to root out antisemitism in our own ranks and wider society.
“We must never tolerate antisemitism or belittle concerns about it. And that was not my intention in anything I said this week. I regret the pain this issue has caused the Jewish community and would wish to do nothing that would exacerbate or prolong it.”
He added: “To be clear, concerns about antisemitism 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 antisemitism.”
Mr Corbyn’s suspension sparked outrage from Labour members, a large proportion of whom joined during his tenure as leader.
The EHRC recommendations include commissioning an independent process to handle antisemitism complaints, acknowledging the effect political interference has had, and implementing clear rules to stop it happening again.
Labour has been given until December 10 to draft an action plan to implement the report’s recommendations, which is legally enforceable by the courts if not fulfilled.