Jeremy Corbyn escapes to Isle of Wight over the weekend after Labour suspension

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Last week, the former Opposition leader was suspended from his party following an investigation on Labour anti-Semitism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Now a photograph has emerged of Mr Corbyn on a ferry alongside a member of staff of a restaurant where he had eaten on Saturday.

Following the investigation from the EHRC, Sir Keir Starmer, the new Labour leader, outlined anti-Semitism has no place within the party.

He said at the time: “If, after all the pain, all the grief, and all the evidence in this report, there are still those who think there’s no problem with anti-semitism in the Labour party, that it’s all exaggerated, or a factional attack, then frankly you are part of the problem too and you should be nowhere near the Labour party either.”

Anti-Semitic abuse is illegal and the report by the EHRC found the Labour Party had breached the law.

Mr Corbyn’s suspension came as a result of his reaction to the findings.

The former frontman lashed out at the findings in the report and claimed anti-semitism during his leadership was “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.

His full statement read: “Anti-Semitism is absolutely abhorrent, wrong and responsible for some of humanity’s greatest crimes.

“As Leader of the Labour Party I was always determined to eliminate all forms of racism and root out the cancer of antisemitism.

“I have campaigned in support of Jewish people and communities my entire life and I will continue to do so.

“The EHRC’s report shows that when I became Labour leader in 2015, the Party’s processes for handling complaints were not fit for purpose.

“Reform was then stalled by an obstructive party bureaucracy.

“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.”

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Following his suspension, Labour was plunged into a crisis after a new poll revealed the party has taken a double hit in approval ratings.

A YouGov poll suggested support for both the party as a whole and its leader Sir Kier has plummeted in the days following Mr Corbyn’s suspension.

The survey asked, “Do you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of the following”.

Between October 21-22, 35 percent of people had a favourable opinion of Labour, with 46 percent having an unfavourable opinion – resulting in a net score of -11.

Between October 29-30, the days after Mr Corbyn’s suspension, just 33 percent had a favourable opinion, with unfavourable rising to 56 percent – resulting in a net score of -23.

Since Mr Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2016, the party has been plagued with allegations of anti-semitism by some of its supporters.

Back in June, Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked as shadow Education Secretary by Sir Keir after sharing an article containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

Ms Long Bailey said: “I wished to acknowledge these concerns and duly issued a clarification of my retweet, with the wording agreed in advance by the Labour Party Leader’s Office, but after posting I was subsequently instructed to take both this agreed clarification and my original retweet down.

“I could not do this in good conscience without the issuing of a press statement of clarification.”

However Ms Long-Bailey – who was a candidate in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election and finished second to Sir Starmer – had discussed matters with the Labour leader before “agreeing what further action to take” but was subsequently sacked.

Other high-profile suspensions over alleged anti-Semitic comments included MP Naz Shah, the ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone and MP Chris Williamson, an ally and friend of Mr Corbyn.

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