Labour readmits ex-leader after antisemitism row

Labour has readmitted former leader Jeremy Corbyn as a member following his suspension last month.

He was punished after saying the scale of anti-Semitism in the party had been "overstated", in response to a damning report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Mr Corbyn issued a statement earlier saying he regretted any "pain" caused.

But current leader Sir Keir Starmer maintained Mr Corbyn's initial reaction to the report had been "wrong".

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said a decision had not yet been taken on whether to restore the Labour whip to Mr Corbyn, which would allow him to sit once more as one of its MPs.

A panel made up of members of the party's National Executive Committee met on Tuesday to decide whether to take further disciplinary action against him or to lift the suspension.

After it decided to readmit Mr Corbyn, Sir Keir tweeted that it had been a "painful day for the Jewish community and those Labour members who have fought so hard to tackle antisemitism".

He added: "Jeremy Corbyn's statement in response to the EHRC report was wrong and completely distracted from a report that identified unlawful conduct in our tackling of racism within the Labour Party. This should shame us all."

Source: BBC
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