.css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}The leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, is urging Labour members angry about the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn to stay in the party.

Some members have publically declared their intention to quit over the treatment of their former leader.

The party suspended Mr Corbyn over his reaction to a.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:bolder;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}} report saying Labour had broken equality laws over its handling of anti-Semitism allegations.

He is facing an internal inquiry over the comments, in which he acknowledged the problems but said the scale of Labour’s anti-Semitism issues had been “overstated”.

A crowd-funding page set up to cover any legal costs Mr Corbyn may face has raised over £350,000.

And Momentum, the campaigning group set up to support Mr Corbyn’s leadership and to promote left-wing policies, has announced plans to hold a “Stand With Corbyn” rally against his suspension on Friday evening.

Sir Keir Starmer, who was elected to replace Mr Corbyn as leader in April, said he had been “disappointed” by his predecessor’s response to a highly critical report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on the handling of anti-Semitism complaints.

Defending Mr Corbyn’s suspension, Sir Keir told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I made it clear the Labour Party I lead will not tolerate anti-Semitism, neither will it tolerate the argument that denies or minimises anti-Semitism in the Labour Party on the basis that it’s exaggerated or a factional row.”

Mr McCluskey – one of Mr Corbyn’s biggest allies whose union bankrolled the party’s election campaigns under his leadership – said the party should be concentrating on implementing the report’s recommendations.

He described Mr Corbyn’s suspension from the party as a “grave injustice” but added that he hoped the issue can be resolved – and urged members angry about it to remain in the party.

“We need the party to be united. Working people out there need us, need a Labour government,” he said.

The talk from those backing Jeremy Corbyn has been of discussion, of “resolving” the issue of his suspension for the sake of party unity.

Sir Keir Starmer has been clear he is holding firm on the commitments he has made on anti-Semitism and that he is not going to get personally involved in the disciplinary complaint.

Unsurprising really, given that not 24 hours beforehand the party was found to have breached equality law because staff in the previous leader’s office did just that.

This seems to leave little option but to let a formal disciplinary process run its course.

On the one hand, that sends a strong signal from Sir Keir that the party has listened and learnt on anti-Semitism and that nobody is above the process.

On the other, that potentially means weeks of unrest within the party which could threaten to blow up into another big, divisive row at any moment.

Many have used social media to share their intention to end their membership subscriptions, including Andrew Cassidy, 44, from near Glasgow, who has been a Labour member for 10 years.

“The facts, as far as I see them, are that Jeremy Corbyn has shown a lifelong distaste for racism of any bent,” he told the PA news agency.

“Being pro-Palestinian is conflated as anti-Semitism, both by the mainstream media and now by Labour Party grandees.”

He described Mr Corbyn as “a good man” who had been “hung out to dry in order to distance (Sir Keir) Starmer’s Labour from the progressive, inclusive party that Corbyn aimed for”.

Another twitter user, Helen Hurd, said: “I have just resigned my membership of the Labour Party as of immediately, I remained a member in the mistaken belief the left needed a voice in the party but I can’t do anymore, as a life long supporter I am really upset.”

But others on social media said the news had encouraged them to consider joining the party again.

Elliot Cohen, 50, from Hertfordshire told PA that he wanted to rejoin but would wait to see if the EHRC recommendations were implemented.

He added: “Corbyn’s suspension – and Starmer’s words since his election – are a good start.”

And Frances Grey, who left the party in April 2019, told the BBC she had rejoined Labour after Thursday’s announcement.

She said Sir Keir had “shown great promise and appears to be doing all the things an opposition party can possibly do and say against a government with an enormous majority.

“Then his action yesterday (Thursday) in expelling Corbyn just gave me even more hope, because he has accepted the role of working to make changes happen, not just to protest about things.”

Labour’s membership soared under Mr Corbyn’s leadership and stood at more than 500,000 at the time of the party’s election contest in April.

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