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Corbyn shamed: Miliband lays into ex-Labour leader ‘dreadful, dark, shameful period’

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Meanwhile a former Labour Party member and journalist has told he believes Mr Corbyn may even be expelled by current leader Sir Keir Starmer following the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which is believed to be scheduled for tomorrow. Mr Miliband accused Mr Corbyn of failing to deal with the isse properly in the face of multiple claims of anti-Semitic remarks and behaviour levelled against the party.

The 55-year-old, who is now Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee, told Times Radio: “I’m not going to claim I know what’s in Jeremy Corbyn’s heart.

“What I’m clear about is that he failed to deal with this issue in a way that was appalling in all its aspects.

“Whether it be cartoons or statements, they reflected a complete blindness to the issue and to the importance of it.”

The EHRC launched its probe in May 2019, and a draft version of the report was sent to Labour in July, as in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, the subject of an investigation by the commission must be given at least 28 days in order to make representations of its findings.

The report has looked at the party’s disciplinary processes and response to complaints.

The release comes after Mr Corbyn’s former aide Karie Murphy insisted Labour had removed anti-Semites “more quickly, transparently and effectively than ever before” during his tenure.

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It’s a dreadful, dark, shameful period

David Miliband

Mr Miliband said: “I can honestly say I never thought I would see the day when the word anti-Semitism and Labour were in the same sentence.

“Never mind headline, never mind Commission on Human Rights investigation.

“It’s a dreadful, dark, shameful period and the failure to be clear, the failure to be decisive, the failure to say that anyone who is an anti-Semite isn’t welcome in the Labour Party, the failure to clear that out is a source of shame for me as someone who’s still a member of the Labour Party.”

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Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, who was forced to apologise in the midst of the December general election campaign after a conversation in which he suggested Mr Corbyn would never be Prime Minister was leaked to the press, has likewise suggested the episode was the most shameful in the party’s history.

Also speaking to Times Radio, Mr Ashworth said: “I obviously don’t know what’s in the report, because it’s confidential, but that was a shameful period in our history, and we have to be clear that we are never going back to that.

“And we will do everything we can to repair relations with the Jewish community who are understandably and quite rightly hurt by the Labour party’s failure to deal with this in recent years.”

Ian Hernon, author of Anti-Semitism and the Left, spoke to after Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, was forced to apologise after suggesting ex-Labour minister Peter Mandelson, who is himself Jewish, should “go and count his gold”.

Mr Hernon said: “I would be willing to give Len the benefit of the doubt.

“His comment smacked more of the Liverpool Docks regarding the bosses than overt anti-Semitism.

“Starmer should ignore it for now as he has bigger fish to land, not least Jeremy Corbyn if the EHRC report slams the former Leader, which it will.

“That is when, I continue to believe, procedures will begin to kick him out of the party.” has contacted Mr Corbyn’s office for comment.

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