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'Labour's day of shame' Starmer forced to issue grovelling apology after damning report

Sir Keir Starmer responded to an Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report by declaring a "day of shame" for the Labour Party. The Labour Party leader was speaking after a report into allegations of anti-Semitism in Labour found the party was "responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination". The EHRC identified "serious failings" in the party leadership's attempts during Jeremy Corbyn's tenure to tackle anti-Jewish racism.

Sir Keir responded at a press conference today: "I found this report hard to read.

"It is a day of shame for the Labour Party. We have failed Jewish people.

"On behalf of the Labour Party I am truly sorry for all the pain and grief that has been caused."

He pledged to implement the EHRC's recommendations "as soon as possible in the New Year" and to "change the culture" of the party.

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Sir Keir responded to the damning report at a press conference today (Image: BBC•GETTY)

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Starmer pledged to implement the EHRC's recommendations (Image: BBC)

Jeremy Corbyn responded to today's report by claiming his team had "acted to speed up, not hinder the process".

Mr Corbyn said he was "always determined to eliminate all forms of racism" and "regretted it took longer to deliver that change than it should".

But, he rebutted the report by claiming the scale of anti-Semitism in the party had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons".

Mr Corbyn's leadership of the party was beleaguered with accusations of anti-Semitism. 

The investigation found evidence of 23 instances of "inappropriate involvement" by Mr Corbyn's office.

These included staff influencing decisions on suspensions and whether to investigate a claim.

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Labour was plagued by accusations of anti-Semitism from 2016 (Image: GETTY)

The Jewish Labour Movement said the party "cannot hide from the tough decisions needed to put this right".

A spokesman for the movement added: "The blame for this sordid, disgraceful chapter in the Labour Party's history lies firmly with those who held positions of leadership - those who possessed both power and influence to prevent the growth of anti-Jewish racism, but failed to act.

"Never before in our collective history has the Labour Party so fundamentally strained the ties that have bound the Jewish community to the British Left."

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Corbyn said that the scale of the antisemitism problem in Labour was 'dramatically overstated' (Image: GETTY)

During the press conference, Sir Keir was repeatedly asked about Mr Corbyn's defiant response.

Sir Keir said: "I will look carefully at what Jeremy Corbyn has said.

"Those who deny there is a problem are part of the problem. Those who say it is exaggerated or factional are part of the problem."

The Conservatives attacked the Labour leader for his refusal to say whether he would expel Mr Corbyn. 

Conservative co-chairman Amanda Milling tweeted: “I’ve just watched Keir Starmer’s press conference and it’s frankly shocking that he failed repeatedly to state he would act to expel Jeremy Corbyn."

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