Diane Abbott hits out at Keir Starmer and orders for Jeremy Corbyn to be reinstated

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Labour has been plunged into a civil war after the Equality and Human Rights Commission found the party broke equality law during the leadership of Mr Corbyn. Mr Corbyn, who was replaced as leader in April, was suspended by his predecessor after he said the scale of Labour anti-Semitism had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by his opponents “inside and outside the party”.

The Islington North MP has said he will “strongly contest” the decision to suspend him pending an investigation.

Sir Keir is under mounting pressure to reverse his decision from key figures from the left-wing of the party, including Ms Abbott and the boss of the Unite union Len McCluskey.

Ms Abbott, who served as shadow home secretary under Mr Corbyn, cast serious doubt over whether the Labour Party could win a general election if it is not united and called on all forms of racism to be stamped out.

In a post on Twitter, the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP wrote: “Divided parties don’t win elections.

“I oppose the decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party and will work for his reinstatement.

“For us the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of racism is central to the struggle for better world.”

Mr McCluskey described the move to oust his friend Mr Corbyn as “an act of grave injustice which, if not reversed, will create chaos within the party and in doing so compromise Labour’s chances of a general election victory”.

He added: “A split party will be doomed to defeat.”

The bombshell EHRC report found three breaches of the Equality Act relating to political interference in complaints, failure to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism cases and harassment.

The report concluded the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination and found evidence of “political interference” in the complaints process by Mr Corbyn’s office.

The former Labour leader described the decision to have the whip withdrawn as a “political intervention”.

Mr Corbyn said: “I will strongly contest the political intervention to suspend me.

“I’ve made absolutely clear those who deny there has been an anti-Semitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong.”

Sir Keir has stood by the decision to suspend Mr Corbyn and has insisted there is “no reason for a civil war” within the party.

Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Sir Keir said: “I was very disappointed. A difficult decision was then taken yesterday in relation to his suspension, which I fully support.


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“It was a difficult decision, as you can imagine. It was the right decision, it was the general secretary’s decision using the powers that he’s got.

“But leadership sometimes involves difficult decisions, and that’s why I set out my response in the way that I did.”

He added: “I want to unite the party. Factional fighting has been a real problem in recent years and I stood as leader of the Labour Party on the base of uniting the party and driving factionism out of it.”

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