The British Labor Party decided to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn, former leader of the formation, after having suspended his membership at the end of October, when a report was released that denounced discrimination for anti-Semitism during his mandate, British media advanced.
The formation also separated him from the parliamentary group after Corbyn assured that the British Commission for Equality and Human Rights (EHRC), which produced the report, had ‘exaggerated’ the magnitude of the problem.
After the disciplinary group of the National Executive Committee of the formation met, party sources told the media the decision to withdraw the suspension that had been imposed on October 29, although it is not yet known if other sanctions will be imposed. After that meeting, Corbyn expressed his gratitude to the BBC to “the thousands of Labor Party members, union members and supporters in the UK and around the world” who they have “offered their solidarity” in the last weeks.
“I hope this issue is resolved as soon as possible so that the party can work together to eradicate anti-Semitism and oppose and defeat this harmful conservative government,” he added.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission concluded after a lengthy investigation that “political interference” occurred within the Labor Party in dealing with complaints of anti-Semitism during Corbyn’s term (September 2015 to April 2020). It also verified that “harassment” was committed against those who initiated these complaints.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews, an organization that represents the Jewish community in the United Kingdom, it considered for its part that the reinstatement of Corbyn in the first opposition party is “a step backwards”. “The mountain that Labor must climb to regain the trust of our community has just been made higher,” said its president, Marie van der Zyl.
Jewish Labor MP Margaret Hodge also criticized the move, calling it the result of a mechanism for dealing with internal grievances in the party “opaque and dysfunctional.”
The general secretary of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, one of Corbyn’s closest allies, considered for his part that the reinstatement of the former leader is “correct and fair.”