Ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party following an investigation into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
A Labour party spokesman said: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation.
Labour leader Keir Starmer took to Twitter to address the report.
The UK’s human rights watchdog, in a report on anti-Semitism in the party, said Mr Corbyn’s office had “politically interfered” in the complaints process.
The watchdog identified what it called “serious failings in the Labour Party leadership in addressing anti-Semitism and an inadequate process for handling antisemitism complaints”.
The investigation found evidence of 23 instances of “inappropriate involvement” by Mr Corbyn’s office, including staff influencing decisions on suspensions or whether to investigate a claim.
Responding to the report, the ex-leader said he was “always determined to eliminate all forms of racism” and “regretted it took longer to deliver change than it should”.
But he claimed his team had “acted to speed up, not hinder the process”, and that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
Jeremy Corbyn, an MP since 1983, was Labour’s leader from 2015 until earlier this year – and has been a party member for 55 years.
Sources: The Guardian and BBC