Jeremy Corbyn announces launch of new Labour Party inquiry following anti-Semitism claims

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Jeremy Corbyn has announced the launch of an inquiry into anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.

The Labour leader also said he would be proposing a “new code of conduct on anti-Semitism and other forms of racism” to the party's national executive committee next month.

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The move comes after a week in which MP Naz Shah and Ken Livingstone were both suspended from the party after being accused of making anti-Semitic comments.

The inquiry will be chaired by the former director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, and will report in two months.

Announcing the inquiry yesterday, Corbyn said: “Labour is an anti-racist party to its core and has a long and proud history of standing against racism, including anti-Semitism.

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“I have campaigned against racism all my life and the Jewish community has been at the heart of the Labour party and progressive politics in Britain for more than a hundred years.”

He added: “There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of racism in the Labour party, or anywhere in society, and we will make sure that our party is a welcoming home to members of all communities.”

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