The report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission ruled that the party broke the law by failing to prevent âacts of harassment and discriminationâ and said Jeremy Corbynâs leadership âdid not do enough to prevent antisemitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept itâ.
These are the key reactions to the findings of the report:
Jeremy Corbyn, former leader of the Labour Party
Mr Corbyn described antisemitism as âabsolutely abhorrent, wrong and responsible for some of humanityâs greatest crimesâ and defended his time as leader of the Labour Party by saying he campaigned in support of Jewish people and communities.
He said that to claim there was no antisemitism within the party is âwrongâ, but added that the issue was made larger âfor political reasonsâ.
âJewish members of our party and the wider community were right to expect us to deal with it, and I regret that it took longer to deliver that change than it should,â he said in a statement on Facebook.
âOne 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. That combination hurt Jewish people and must never be repeated.
âMy sincere hope is that relations with the Jewish communities can be rebuilt and those fears overcome. While I do not accept all of its findings, I trust its recommendations will be swiftly implemented to help move on from this period.â
Lord John Mann, Independent Adviser to the UK Government on antisemitism
âThe moment of greatest shame in the history of the Labour Party. And to think how many said it was all made up and exaggerated. Which amongst them will stand up and say that I am truly sorry?
Dame Margaret Hodge, Labour MP
âThis is a truly appalling day for the Labour Party. Under Corbynâs leadership, Labour committed unlawful acts of harassment and political interference.
âThis should never have been allowed to happen and this report must act as a watershed moment.â
Andrew Adonis, Labour peer
âJeremy Corbyn should properly resign from Parliament after this report.â
Campaign Against Anti-Semitism
âThe Equality and Human Rights Commissionâs report is a groundbreaking document. It is the first ever finding by the EHRC of unlawful acts. It heavily criticises the Labour Partyâs former leadership.
âIt makes clear recommendations to ensure that there is zero tolerance of antisemitism in the party in the future. It provides a robust framework for ensuring that the party complies.
âThe EHRCâs report utterly vindicates Britainâs Jews, who were accused of lying and exaggerating, acting as agents of another country and using their religion to âsmearâ the Labour Party.
âIn an unprecedented finding, it concludes that those who made such accusations broke the law and were responsible for illegal discrimination and harassment.â
Jewish Labour Movement
âTodayâs report provides Jewish Labour members with the relief that they have been seeking from the Labour Party, but which it failed, over five years, to offer.
âSince 2015, we have consistency warned the Labour party about a deepening casual culture of anti-Jewish racism, that saw Jewish Labour members and activists harassed and discriminated against.
âInstead of listening to our growing concerns over the scale of the challenge, we were told that this racism was imagined, fabricated for factional advantage or intended to silence debate.
âTodayâs report confirms that our voices were marginalised and our members victimised.
âAs set out in forensic detail by the EHRC, the blame for this sordid, disgraceful chapter in the Labour Partyâs history lies firmly with those who held positions of leadership - those who possessed both power and influence to prevent the growth of anti-Jewish racism, but failed to act.â