LONDON — British Labour leader Keir Starmer on Thursday apologized for his party’s failure to deal with anti-semitism in its ranks after an official report said it was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found serious failings in the party’s leadership in addressing anti-Semitism, and an inadequate process for handling complaints, after launching an investigation into allegations made under the previous leadership of left-wing veteran Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn’s tenure was marred by persistent complaints of anti-Semitism in the party and criticism of the leader’s response.
Starmer said he accepted the report “in full” and would implement all its recommendations.
“It is a day of shame for the Labour Party. We have failed Jewish people… I am truly sorry for all the pain and grief that has been caused,” said Starmer, who held a senior role under Corbyn’s leadership.
“Never again will we fail to tackle anti-Semitism and never again will we lose your trust.”
The EHRC said the Labour Party was responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act: political interference in anti-Semitism complaints; failure to provide proper training to handle the complaints and harassment.