After months of inaction over accusations of antisemitism by leading Jewish members of the party, Keir Starmer has finally moved to withdraw the whip from right-wing MP Neil Coyle, after allegations by a British-Chinese reporter of racist behaviour became public.
This alleged racism saw Coyle promptly suspended from House of Commons bars, but Starmer waited days longer to act and only withdrew the whip after the alleged victim, parliamentary reporter Henry Dyer, published an article about it. Starmer and the whips were informed the day after the incident.
Why did it take so long – and why did months pass with no action over the antisemitism complaints by a knighted QC, a retired Oxford professor and a solicitor directly to Starmer?
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