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Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome ‘saddened’ by Jeremy Corbyn suspension but ‘cannot agree’ with statement he made about EHRC report

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The Labour MP for Nottingham East, Nadia Whittome, has expressed ‘solidarity’ with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been suspended from the party pending an investigation. 

In a statement today, the MP, who represents areas of Mapperley, said the decision ‘appears unjust’, and that she had ‘looked up to Jeremy most of my life’. 

However she also said she ‘cannot agree’ with the statement he made yesterday about the findings of the EHRC report, and that he was ‘wrong to make it’.

Mr Corbyn was suspended after he commented on the contents of a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into anti-Semitism in the party while he was the leader.

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The EHRC found evidence of 23 instances of “inappropriate involvement” by Mr Corbyn’s office.

He said the extent of anti-Semitism had been ‘dramatically overstated’ by opponents.

A Labour spokesman said he had been suspended for a ‘failure to retract’ his statement.

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PICTURED: Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

This morning, Nadia Whittome said: “I am saddened by the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party, someone who I know genuinely and deeply cares for the welfare and dignity of working class people and marginalised groups. 

“I have looked up to Jeremy most of my life and have a great deal of personal affection for him.

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“I have sent Jeremy a personal message of solidarity and have also been honest with him in making clear that I cannot agree with his statement following the publication of the EHRC report and I believe he was wrong to make it.

“My own views on the EHRC report were made yesterday in my statement to local Jewish communities in Nottingham.

“However, on a day for serious reflection on anti-Semitism in the party, I am concerned that the decision to suspend Jeremy and remove the whip appears unjust and does more harm than good, particularly given the grounds on which rule he has broken remain unclear.

“I hope that this situation can be resolved positively, following clear, transparent and swift process, and without losing focus on the priority of fully implementing the recommendations of the EHRC report as soon as possible.”

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