Labour chief whip demands apology from Jeremy Corbyn

Labour's chief whip has asked ex-party leader Jeremy Corbyn to "unequivocally" apologise for saying the scale of antisemitism in the party had been "overstated for political reasons".

Mr Corbyn was suspended from the party following his comments but later readmitted as a member after saying he regretted any "pain" caused.

But, Sir Keir Starmer blocked Mr Corbyn from returning as a Labour MP.

The Labour leader said he would keep the decision under review.

The row between the former and current leader was triggered when the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a report, saying Labour had broken the law over its handling of anti-Jewish racism complaints by party members .

In a letter to his former boss, Nick Brown, Labour's chief whip, said Mr Corbyn's response to the report caused "distress and pain" to the Jewish community.

The chief whip is responsible for organising a party's MPs in Parliament so they vote the way the party wants them to, and can discipline any who do not follow the party line.

Mr Brown asked the Islington North MP to "unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation apologise for your comments".

He also sought confirmation that Mr Corbyn would remove or edit his response on Facebook - and that he would cooperate fully with the party's efforts to implement the EHRC's recommendations.


Source: BBC