"In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party," a Labour spokesman said, as quoted by the Sky News broadcaster.
Following the announcement, Corbyn took to Twitter to say that he would contest his suspension.
"I will strongly contest the political intervention to suspend me," the former Labour leader wrote.
I will strongly contest the political intervention to suspend me.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 29, 2020
I’ve made absolutely clear those who deny there has been an antisemitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong.
I will continue to support a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of racism.
The current Labour leader, Keir Starmer, said that Thursday was a "day of shame" for the Labour Party following the publication of the EHRC's report. He also added that the party would implement the EHRC´s recommendations.
It also said that the party had failed to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints and harassed those who complained.
Reacting to the report, Corbyn admitted that the existence of antisemitism in the Labour Party, “as there is throughout society”, but said that the scale of the problem was overstated for political reasons.