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Jeremy Corbyn has said he will “strongly contest” his suspension from Labour, signalling another outbreak of hostilities in the party’s bitter civil war. Labour headquarters suspended former leader Mr Corbyn, and removed the parliamentary whip, after he said the scale of the anti-Semitism problem was “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by his opponents “inside and outside the party”. But one British voter and life-long Labour supporter, Raymond from North Yorkshire, has rejoiced at the news.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Raymond said: “It’s absolutely fantastic.
“He had been a cancer that needed to be cut out of the party altogether.
“We are certain to win the next election now because we’ve got an incompetent, disgraceful Government in power who give things off to their friends and spend money willy-nilly and leave us to rot.”
The move came against a backdrop of a devastating report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which found Labour had acted unlawfully in its handling of the anti-Semitism crisis which has rocked the party.
The suspension came after Mr Corbyn’s successor Sir Keir Starmer said that if anyone claimed the issue had been exaggerated or was a “factional attack”, then they were “part of the problem”.
Mr Corbyn’s refusal to withdraw the remarks led to the decision to suspend him by the party’s general secretary David Evans, an ally of Sir Keir.
It marks the latest development in Sir Keir’s efforts to distance himself from his predecessor.
Sir Keir’s remarks were delivered from a podium reading “a new leadership”, just to underline the point.
Mr Corbyn, who frequently complained about elements in Labour headquarters trying to undermine him when he was leader, hit out at the “political intervention” which saw him suspended.
“I will strongly contest the political intervention to suspend me,” he said.
“I’ve made absolutely clear those who deny there has been an anti-Semitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong.”
John McDonnell, who was Mr Corbyn’s shadow chancellor, said the suspension was “profoundly wrong” but urged the former leader’s supporters to remain calm.
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He said: “On the day we should all be moving forward and taking all steps to fight anti-Semitism, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is profoundly wrong.
“In the interests of party unity, let’s find a way of undoing and resolving this.
“I urge all party members to stay calm as that is the best way to support Jeremy and each other. Let’s all call upon the leadership to lift this suspension.”
The Socialist Campaign Group of left-wing MPs also condemned the suspension.
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