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Tony Blair has said that Sir Keir Starmer is “doing the right thing as a leader”. This comes after the current Labour leader was forced to suspend former head Jeremy Corbyn for failing to retract controversial comments he made in response to the EHRC’s report on the party’s anti-Semitism scandal. Mr Blair was questioned by Sky News over whether Sir Keir was right to suspend Mr Corbyn.
The former Prime Minister told them: “I just want to give Keir Starmer my support.
“It probably doesn’t help much if I start getting into this issue.
“But I think the Labour Party’s doing the right thing, and he’s doing the right thing as a leader.”
Mr Blair refused to answer whether Mr Corbyn’s suspension from the party should be made permanent if the ex-leader refuses to backtrack on his comments.
He said: “I’m going to leave that. I know what it’s like when you’re trying to lead a political party.
“He doesn’t need me giving advice on this.
“I think he’s doing the right thing and behaving very sensibly as a leader.
“He should make his own decisions.”
Mr Corbyn was suspended and had the whip removed for a statement he made in relation to the report.
Following the report’s release, the former leader said: “One anti-Semite is one too many.
“But the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”
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An investigation into his comments is now pending, according to the party.
Sir Keir has accepted all the findings of the investigation into Labour’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism.
However, there are now fears that there could be a split in the Opposition party following reports that Mr Corbyn convened a ‘council of war’ with some of his colleagues and allies after the suspension.
Sir Keir told LBC: “There is no need for a civil war on this.
“I think it is perfectly right and proper to unite the party, to stop the factional fighting, but at the same time to make good on my commitment to root out anti-Semitism. That requires difficult decisions.”
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