Jeremy Corbyn has released a fresh statement on the subject of his suspension from the Labour Party in which he expresses hope that “this matter is resolved as quickly as possible” and clarifies his comments.
He was suspended nearly three weeks ago after claiming that “the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents” in his response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission report.
The report on Labour antisemitism had found that the party was responsible for “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” and “serious failings in leadership” during the time that Corbyn was in charge.
A Labour spokesperson said at the time: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.”
Referring to his Facebook post on the day of the EHRC report, Corbyn has now said: “I regret the pain this issue has caused the Jewish community and would wish to do nothing that would exacerbate or prolong it.”