Yesterday, the Equality and Human Rights Commission delivered its report into antisemitism in the Labour party.
It was a day of shame for our party. In government, we set up the EHRC. We never expected to find urn own party would be the subject of an investigation by the Commission, let alone that it would find the party to have committed unlawful acts under the equality legislation introduced by Labour.
I join Keir in expressing my huge regret and apology to Jewish people and our Jewish members.
Keir has rightly said we accept the report in full, and will implement every one of its recommendations. He also said that we will go further, brining about a wholesale culture change in the party. There will be no place for, no tolerance of antisemitism.
Everyone will be aware that Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour party yesterday afternoon, following comments he made in relation to the EHRC’s findings. I will not be commenting on that suspension. The EHRC has made very clear criticisms of past political interference in antisemitism cases, and it is essential that the process is carried out rigorously and fairly.
Today, I wake up to a mixture of emptions: shame, anger, relief that we are finally facing the full force of the way in which our party failed our Jewish members and Jewish people, and that we will act to put things right.
I will give my full support to Keir in that endeavour.