Date: 2020-07-22 21:27:26
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The Labour Party has agreed to pay substantial damages to seven former employees, who’d gone to court claiming they’d been defamed by the party, after criticising how it dealt with claims of antisemitism.
They’d spoken out in a BBC Panorama programme last year, criticising the leadership’s handling of complaints.
Labour, under its new leader Sir Keir Starmer, has issued an unreserved apology, accepting their claim that the party made false and defamatory comments about them.
However Jeremy Corbyn, who was Labour leader at the time the comments were made, said it was disappointing that the party had accepted the claim.
Mr Corbyn said it was a “political decision, not a legal one” which risked giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle antisemitism in the party.
Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.
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