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The Labour Party ‘must be forever changed’, say campaigners

The group which first referred Labour to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission over antisemitism has criticised party leader Keir Starmer’s failure to “take action” over the issue.

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party became institutionally antisemitic and brought almost half of British Jews to consider fleeing the country. The Party must be forever changed after this episode so this can never happen again.

“Those responsible remain in the Party and must be held to account if Sir Keir Starmer is to tear antisemitism ‘out by its roots’, as he has promised. The EHRC’s report is a pivotal moment in this corrective process, which is why we made the original referral to the EHRC and were the sole complainant in its investigation.

“Sir Keir told us to judge him not by his words but by his actions, but today marks the first 100 days of his tenure as leader and he has still failed to set out a timeline for fixing Labour’s broken disciplinary process or, with one exception in relation to Rebecca Long-Bailey, take action over incidents in the Party.

“The EHRC has considered a great deal of evidence from us and we will have more to say when the report is published in due course.”

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