Jeremy Corbyn to have Labour suspension lifted over antisemitism investigation response

Ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be readmitted to the party following a row over antisemitism complaints, Sky News understands.

The Islington MP was suspended three weeks ago for his response to a bombshell investigation by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

It found Labour had been responsible for “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination”.

In response, Mr Corbyn claimed “the scale of the problem” was “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.

But within hours, he was suspended pending an investigation – a decision his successor Sir Keir Starmer said he had no involvement in but supported.

On Tuesday, a meeting of five panel members from Labour’s National Executive Committee met and decided Mr Corbyn should be reinstated.

The decision sparked fury from the Jewish Labour Movement, which said it was “extraordinary”.

A spokesperson said the party appeared to have “expedited” Mr Corbyn’s case and that the committee set up to rule on his future was “factionally aligned” in support of him.

“Once again we find ourselves having to remind the Labour Party that Jeremy Corbyn is not the victim of Labour antisemitism – Jewish members are,” they added.

A group of Labour MPs have warned Sir Keir they may resign the whip if Mr Corbyn gets to represent Labour in parliament again.

They are said to be furious and feel the decision to lift his suspension will undermine work done to rebuild bridges with the Jewish community.

Sir Keir has also been accused of “failing to stand up for British Jews” by Conservative Party chair Amanda Milling.

“He is sending a message that the shameful antisemitism of recent years should be allowed to continue,” she added.

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