'I'm sorry for nominating Corbyn' Lammy in extraordinary broadside on former leader


Mr Corbyn stepped down as Opposition leader in 2020 following Labour’s worst election defeat since 1935. During his term as Labour leader, the party suffered multiple allegations of anti-Semitism. Mr Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party in October 2020 following his response to an investigation into anti-Semitism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Several members of the Labour Party including Pete Firmin, Bridget Dunne, Louise Regan, Darran McLaughlin and Dr Hannah Little were also suspended.

Now, Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy has issued an apology to the Jewish community for being one of only 35 MPs to nominate Mr Corbyn as Labour leader in 2015.

He told Limmud: “I regret nominating Jeremy Corbyn and if I knew what I do now I never would have nominated him.

“I never believed he would become leader.

“That was a mistake and I am sorry for that.”

Mr Lammy went on to say he is “staggered” there are certain individuals with anti-Semitic views still in the party.

He told Limmud: “I’ve met some of these individuals and am frankly staggered some are still in the party.

“But as a lawyer I understand that people appeal and go to court.

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Mr Corbyn was suspended after he claimed the findings in the EHRC report were “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.

Mr Corbyn was readmitted as a party member but his successor Sir Keir Starmer said he will not sit as a Labour MP in the House of Commons.

The party’s chief whip, Nick Brown, told the former leader he would lose his whip for at least three months allowing time for an investigation to take place.

Sir Keir said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the report “undermined our work in restoring trust” with the Jewish community.

He said at the time: “I’m the leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

“Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle antisemitism.

“In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.

“I will keep this situation under review.”


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