Labour antisemitism verdict dismantles 'pro-Corbyn narrative' as Left publicly ...

LABOUR has been found "responsible" for mishandling antisemitism in a damning report, as former leader Jeremy Corbyn is suspended and his allies left disgraced, with a political expert telling Express.co.uk the former leader's narrative has been completely "contradicted".

PUBLISHED: 14:03, Thu, Oct 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:03, Thu, Oct 29, 2020

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The Labour Party has been found "responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination" in its handling of antisemitism. A report concluded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the party's leadership had "seriously" failed at curbing the issue within the party. It has led to the suspension of Mr Corbyn much to the dismay of the outfit's Left.

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Labour's new leader, Sir Keir Starmer, said it was a "day of shame" for Labour.

He now has six weeks to respond to the report with a step-by-step plan of how the party will rectify the issue and move forward.

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

On hearing the outcome of the report, Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham who specialises in the politics of the Labour Party, told Express.co.uk that the issue has once and for all "directly contradicted the pro-Corbyn narrative that antisemitism cases were treated without any political interference from the leadership".

Jeremy Corbyn: The former leader has been suspended from the party after the EHRC reportJeremy Corbyn: The former leader has been suspended from the party after the EHRC report (Image: GETTY)

Keir Starmer: Starmer said those opposed to the report 'should be nowhere near the Labour Party'Keir Starmer: Starmer said those opposed to the report 'should be nowhere near the Labour Party' (Image: GETTY)

He explained: "That is a damning finding and I expect some Corbynites to come out fighting, denying it.

"The more some on the left attack the report however the less credible they will look - I think most Corbyn supporters - apart from a hard core - want the issue to go away and see the report as a way of drawing a line."

Prof Fielding said it is particularly salient that parts of the report praised Sir Keir's handling of the issue on becoming leader in April.

He said the leader can now use this "to confirm Labour is under 'new leadership' and in that sense it might actually be helpful to him".

Shortly after the report was announced, Mr Corbyn took to social media with his take on it.

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Antisemitism: Starmer was always tipped to accept the report's findingsAntisemitism: Starmer was always tipped to accept the report's findings (Image: PA)

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In a Facebook post, he wrote: "Antisemitism is absolutely abhorrent, wrong and responsible for some of humanity’s greatest crimes.

“As Leader of the Labour Party I was always determined to eliminate all forms of racism and root out the cancer of antisemitism.

“I have campaigned in support of Jewish people and communities my entire life and I will continue to do so.

"The EHRC’s report shows that when I became Labour leader in

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