Mr. Corbyn, who led the party until defeat in December’s general election, was suspended today after speaking out in response to a damning report on anti-Semitism in the party.
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has responded to his suspension by the party.
Former labor leader tweets after his suspension and the withdrawal of the party whip
The report said it had found “concrete examples of harassment, discrimination and political interference” but also noted “a lack of leadership within the Labour Party on these issues”, which “is difficult to reconcile with its declared commitment to a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism”.
The 130-page report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, published today, states that it has “identified significant shortcomings in the way the Labour Party has dealt with anti-Semitism complaints over the last four years”.
A spokesman for current Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said that the decision to suspend Mr Corbyn was taken “in the light of what he said today and his failure to withdraw it later”.
Following this reaction, the MP was suspended from Islington and had the party’s parliamentary leadership withdraw.
In his response to today’s report, Mr Corbyn said that Jewish Labour members rightly expected the party to address anti-Semitism, “and I regret that it has taken longer to bring about this change than it should have”, but added that “the scale of the problem has also been dramatically exaggerated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party”.
Mr Corbyn has just responded to the messages in his Twitter account.
A party spokesman said: “In view of his statements today and his failure to withdraw them later, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn until the investigation is complete. He has also had his whip removed from the parliamentary Labour Party.
he said: “I will vigorously challenge the political intervention leading to my suspension.
“I will continue to support a zero tolerance policy against all forms of racism”.
“I have made it very clear to those who deny that there has been a problem of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party that they are wrong.