On Wednesday 18 November, the new leader of the Labor Party Keir Starmer refused to allow his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn to represent Labor again in the House of Commons. ” Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report have undermined and delayed our work to restore confidence in Labor’s ability to tackle anti-Semitism “, He justified himself.
When the EHRC’s report on anti-Semitism in Labor was released on October 29, Jeremy Corbyn made amends for not addressing the issue soon enough after his election to the party’s leadership in September. 2015. He also reiterated several times his unconditional rejection of anti-Semitism and assured that ” anyone who claims there is no anti-Semitism in the Labor Party is wrong “. This declaration aimed to put an end to the rumors which have circulated for four years about his anti-Semitism and which largely contributed to the collapse of the party in the general election of December 12, 2019.
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Determined to protect his political heritage, Jeremy Corbyn refused to ” accept all conclusions “Of the report, considering that” the extent (anti-Semitism, Editor’s note) has been dramatically overestimated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media ».
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Faced with the indignation provoked by this remark among opponents of Jeremy Corbyn, the party leadership immediately suspended him. An interim decision, confirmed by Keir Starmer.
However, Tuesday, November 17, the National Executive Committee of Labor had reinstated him, accepting his apologies on ” the pain this issue caused to the Jewish community “And his details on his reaction to the report at the end of October:” Concerns about anti-Semitism are neither “exaggerated” nor “overstated”. The point I wanted to make was that the vast majority of Labor Party members were and remain committed anti-racists deeply opposed to anti-Semitism. An undeniable fact for anyone who knows this organization.
Keir Starmer’s decision divides the party
But that wasn’t enough for Keir Starmer. The new strongman of Labor, who “ given the mission to eradicate anti-Semitism from the Labor Party “, Obviously believes that the presence of Jeremy Corbyn prevents him from carrying out his rehabilitation operation. His method, however, is very clumsy: while the EHRC report condemned the interference of the Corbyn team in the process of examining accusations of anti-Semitism against its own members, Keir Starmer also violated the recommendations of this report.
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His explanations rather suggest a political settling of scores and do not convince many people. On Wednesday evening, November 18, 28 members of the party condemned his decision in an open letter and many unions expressed their frustration at this war of leaders waged against the left wing of the party. According to a poll published by the YouGov institute, 38% of Labor voters support Keir Starmer’s decision, 32% oppose it. This confirms the 63% of Britons who think that the main lesson of this quarrel is the division of the party.