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LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer was left with no choice but to suspend predecessor Jeremy Corbyn after his attempt to downplay the findings of an investigation into anti-Semitism within the party, a journalist and author has said.

PUBLISHED: 12:08, Sun, Nov 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:08, Sun, Nov 1, 2020

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Sir Keir acted after Mr Corbyn released a statement in the wake of the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report which concluded Labour was responsible for "unlawful harassment" over anti-Semitism. Mr Corbyn said the problem was "dramatically overstated" - a claim which prompted Sir Keir's decision.

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I don’t think Keir Starmer intended to suspend his predecessor straight away. But Corbyn gave him a wholly justified excuse to do just that

Ian Hernon

Ian Hernon, a former Labour Party member whose book 'Anti-Semitism and the Left' was published by Amberley Publishing last year, told Express.co.uk: "I don’t think Keir Starmer intended to suspend his predecessor straight away.

"But Corbyn gave him a wholly justified excuse to do just that.

"It shows that Starmer, unlike Corbyn, is willing to act decisively to cut out this cancer rather than just mouth empty words.

Jeremy Corbyn Sir Keir StarmerJeremy Corbyn left Sir Keir Starmer with no choice but to suspend him, said Mr Hernon (Image: GETTY)

Sir Keir StarmerSir Keir Starmer was elected Labour leader in April (Image: GETTY)

"Corbyn professed to be surprised at his suspension which says a lot about him."

Mr Hernon, who told Express.co.uk in the summer he believed Mr Starmer would be forced to act, added: "The report identified ‘serious failings’ in the party leadership’s supposed attempts to tackle anti-Jewish racism.

"Corbyn claims that he speeded up the process rather than hindered it but that is laughable. For four years after he took over, Jewish MPs and activists were abused and intimidated to the point of death threats, but Corbyn continued to share platforms with professed anti-Semites."

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Sir Keir Starmer Jeremy CorbynHappier times for Sir Keir Starmer and Jeremy Corbyn during the 2017 Labour conference (Image: GETTY)

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Speaking after Mr Corbyn's suspension was confirmed, Sir Keir told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I made it clear the Labour Party I lead will not tolerate anti-Semitism, neither will it tolerate the argument that denies or minimises anti-Semitism in the Labour Party on the basis that it's exaggerated or a factional row."

In his statement, Mr Corbyn said: "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

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