Jeremy Corbyn ‘readmitted to Labour Party’ after suspension over anti-Semitism report response

Jeremy Corbyn 'readmitted to Labour Party' after suspension over anti-Semitism report response

Jeremy Corbyn has been readmitted to the Labour Party, according to a source close to the former leader.

The MP for Islington North was suspended following his response to an Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into anti-Semitism under his leadership.

He has now reportedly been readmitted to the party following a meeting of the National Executive Committee today (November 17).

Corbyn acknowledged that concerns around anti-Semitism in Labour were not “exaggerated”, weeks after he was suspended for saying the problem was “dramatically overstated”.

Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to give a tough response to restore the Jewish community’s faith in the party, but some MPs and activists fear a purge of the Labour left under his leadership.

Mr Corbyn’s suspension came after the human rights watchdog ruled that Labour broke equality law during his leadership over its handling of complaints of anti-Semitism.

Party general secretary David Evans did not suspend Mr Corbyn over the report, but his response to it.

He had said that while “one anti-Semite is one too many” the “scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media”.

His statement was at odds with Sir Keir who said that anyone who suggested anti-Semitism was “all exaggerated, or a factional attack” should be “nowhere near the Labour Party”.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Corbyn revealed that he had given a statement to Labour in an attempt to “clear up any confusion” over his initial response and a broadcast interview about the report.

“We must never tolerate anti-Semitism or belittle concerns about it,” he said in the statement to the party.

“And that was not my intention in anything I said this week. I regret the pain this issue has caused the Jewish community and would wish to do nothing that would exacerbate or prolong it.

“To be clear, concerns about anti-Semitism are neither ‘exaggerated’ nor ‘overstated’. The point I wished to make was that the vast majority of Labour Party members were and remain committed anti-racists deeply opposed to anti-Semitism.”

There has been no official comment from the Labour Party on the matter.