Labour has suspended Jeremy Corbyn over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into anti-Semitism in the party during his leadership.
“He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.”
Responding to the news Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party, Conservative Party co-chairman Amanda Milling tweeted: “Many will be asking themselves why it took this long to act.
“This morning (Sir Keir Starmer) failed to say seven times that he would take action against Corbyn and now he has been pushed to do so. Hardly leadership.”
Earlier, Mr Corbyn had rejected some of the report's findings and claimed the issue had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by his critics.
Sir Keir told reporters: “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 anti-Semitism 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.”
Sir Keir said the findings of the EHRC investigation marked a “day of shame” for Labour and he was “truly sorry” for the pain caused.
Mr Corbyn had vehemently denied he was “part of the problem” and told broadcasters he would not quit Labour: “Of course not. I am proud to be a member of the Labour Party, I joined the Labour party when I was 16, I’ve fought racism all my life, and I’ll fight racism for the rest of my life.”