Jeremy Corbyn was today suspended from the Labour Party after he claimed anti-Semitism was "dramatically overstated for political reasons".
The bombshell move was announced against Keir Starmer's predecessor hours after he accused "opponents" of exaggerating anti-Jewish racism.
In a landmark moment, it means the man who led the Labour Party for four and a half years until this spring has had the whip removed pending investigation.
It came as a watchdog report found Mr Corbyn's office unlawfully interfered in anti-Semitism complaints - including one against the leader himself.
"He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.”
It comes after a damning official report ruled the Labour Party breached equality law in its “inadequate” handling of anti-Semitism cases.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also found Jeremy Corbyn ’s office unlawfully “politically interfered” with almost two dozen alleged cases - including of Ken Livingstone and the leader himself.
Keir Starmer apologised on "the day of shame" and vowed to act after the watchdog found “serious failings in leadership and an inadequate process” for dealing with complaints.
But Mr Corbyn today said "I do not accept" all the EHRC's findings and said "my team acted to speed up, not hinder the process."
Offering no apology in a defiant 270-word statement, he said "of course" there is anti-Semitism in the party but said: “One antisemite 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."
Mr Corbyn told Sky News: "The numbers have been exaggerated in my view. The public perception in an opinion poll last year was that a third of all Labour party members were under suspicion of anti-Semitism.
"The reality is it was 0.3% of members has a case against them which had to be put through the process."
Asked if he was sorry he failed, he replied: "I don't believe I did fail." And asked if he would resign, he replied: "Of course not". And he insisted: "I'm not part of the problem". He was suspended moments later.
The suspension came after Keir Starmer said those who branded the problem exaggerated belonged nowhere near Labour.
Sir Keir told a press conference: "If after all the pain all the grief and all the evidence in this report, there are still those who think there’s no problem with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, that it’s all exaggerated or a factional attack, then frankly you are part of the problem too - and you should be nowhere near the Labour Party either."
Asked directly if he was saying Mr Corbyn didn't belong in Labour, Sir Keir said at the time ”I’ll look carefully at what Jeremy Corbyn has said in full," but added: "Those who deny there’s a problem are part of the problem."
This breaking news story is being updated.