David Lammy Apologises for Nominating Corbyn as Labour Leader, Laments Anti-Semitism in Party
"I regret nominating Jeremy Corbyn and if I knew what I do now, I never would have nominated him. That was a mistake and I am sorry for that", the shadow foreign secretary said.
"I don't believe the overall culture is toxic any more…but until the party is genuinely welcome for everyone, we remain on a journey", the shadow foreign secretary said.
The news comes amid a recent survey, which showed that the Jewish community in the United Kingdom feels the Labour Party has become a safe space for its members under the new leadership, with 70 percent expressing support for the party, compared to 4 percent who felt the same under Jeremy Corbyn.
Last year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found Labour to be responsible for "unlawful" acts of harassment and discrimination during Corbyn's four-and-a-half years at the helm as well accused the party of inadequately handling complaints about anti-Semitism.
"The equality body's analysis points to a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it", read the investigation released by EHRC.
Corbyn came under intense criticism following the election, with fellow MPs blaming his leadership for the colossal losses. Accusations of Anti-Semitism as well as Corbyn's staunch opposition to Brexit were widely seen as some of the main reasons for Labour's dismal performance at the polls.
Several Labour MPs, including Mr Corbyn, were accused of anti-Semitism on a number of occasions, a claim the former Labour leader has denied. Nine Labour MPs decided to quit the party over the issue and Jeremy Corbyn himself was stripped of the party whip after he described the findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's investigation as "dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party".