Jeremy Corbyn must make 'unequivocal' apology: Labour Chief Whip

Labour's chief whip has demanded that Jeremy Corbyn 'unequivocally' apologise for claiming that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party was 'dramatically overstated for political reasons'.

MP Nick Brown said the former Labour leader caused 'distress and pain' to the Jewish community with his response to a damning Equality and Human Rights Commission report into antisemitism in the party.

In a letter, the chief whip told MP for Islington Mr Corbyn to 'unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation' apologise for his comments.

Labour's chief whip Nick Brown has demanded that Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) 'unequivocally' apologise for claiming that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party was 'dramatically overstated for political reasons'

MP Nick Brown said the former-Labour leader caused 'distress and pain' to the Jewish community with his response to a damning Equality and Human Rights Commission report into antisemitism in the party

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Labour's chief whip Nick Brown (right) has demanded that Jeremy Corbyn (left) 'unequivocally' apologise for claiming that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party was 'dramatically overstated for political reasons'

Mr Corbyn was suspended from the party after saying anti-Semitism in Labour was 'overstated' in the wake of the UK's EHRC report.

The report ruled that the Labour party had broken equality law under his leadership. 

But he was reinstated as a Labour member by the National Executive Committee following a meeting of a disciplinary panel three weeks later. 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) last week blocked Mr Corbyn from sitting as a Labour MP, though said he would keep the decision not to restore the whip 'under review'

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) last week blocked Mr Corbyn from sitting as a Labour MP, though said he would keep the decision not to restore the whip 'under review'

Mr Brown, writing to Mr Corbyn on Monday (his letter pictured), said that to inform an investigation into whether the Islington North MP broke the party's code of conduct he wanted him to consider apologising for his comments

Mr Brown, writing to Mr Corbyn on Monday (his letter pictured), said that to inform an investigation into whether the Islington North MP broke the party's code of conduct he wanted him to consider apologising for his comments

He wrote (pictured): 'Will you unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation apologise for your comments?'

He wrote (pictured): 'Will you unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation apologise for your comments?'

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The charges against Labour in 130-page Equality and Human Rights Commission report
Labour breached the Equality Act 2010 by committing 'unlawful harassment' in two of the complaints investigated.  They included 'using antisemitic tropes and suggesting that complaints of antisemitism were fake or smears'. One of the cases involved Ken Livingstone, who in 2016 defended MP Naz Shah over claims of anti-Semitism by claiming there was a smear campaign by 'the Israel lobby' to undermine and disrupt Mr Corbyn's leadership. He later resigned from the Labour Party after being suspended.  A further 18 cases were 'borderline', involving local councillors, local election candidates and Constituency Labour Party (CLP) officials. Analysis of 70 anti-Semitism complaint files found 23 incidences of 'political interference' by Mr Corbyn's office and others. This included 'clear examples of interference at various stages throughout the complaint handling process, including in decisions on whether to investigate and whether to suspend' party members.  The party's complaints process was 'inconsistent, poor, and lacking in transparency'.   In cases where a complaint of anti-Semitism was upheld, it was 'difficult to draw conclusions on whether the sanctions applied were fair and consistent'. Recommendations made by the watchdog include commissioning an independent process

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