Newspaper Round Up: 30th of October 2020

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i
Most of the front pages lead with the suspension of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party over his reaction to a report on anti-Semitism. The i describes the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as "damning", finding that the party broke the law three times under his leadership. Mr Corbyn was suspended after he rejected some of its findings and claimed the issue was overstated for political reasons, the paper reports.
Daily Telegraph
The "shaming" of Mr Corbyn has sparked a "Labour civil war" according to the Telegraph. MPs, unions and members loyal to the former party leader have demanded his reinstatement, with some union figures discussing the possibility of forming a breakaway party, the paper says.
Times
Sir Keir now faces "a battle for the soul of the Labour Party" and a struggle to keep different factions together, according to the Times. Len McCluskey, a key ally of Mr Corbyn and general secretary of the Unite union, condemned the suspension as "an act of grave injustice" and warned it would "create chaos within the party", compromising its chances of a general election victory, the paper reports.
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail says Labour "exploded into open warfare" after what it describes as an "extraordinary day". Lord Mann, the UK's anti-Semitism tsar, who is a strong critic of Mr Corbyn and resigned as a Labour MP last year, said the report was "the moment of greatest shame in the history of the Labour Party", the paper says.
Daily Star
Finally the Daily Star front page carries what it describes as a "leadership bid" from children's TV character Basil Brush, who tells the paper he wants to see campaigning footballer Marcus Rashford as prime minister, with himself as deputy. "Put Mr Marcus and me in No 10 and Britain will boom! Boom!" he says, using his famous catchphrase.
Guardian
Mr Corbyn's statement in response, where he described the issue of anti-Semitism within Labour as "dramatically overstated" by opponents for political reasons, prompted shock and dismay in the party's HQ, according to the Guardian. A senior Labour source told the paper the party's deputy leader Angela Rayner spoke to Mr Corbyn and urged him to apologise - but he did not - and his suspension was announced at 13:00 GMT, with the former leader finding out from a cameraman.
Metro
"Corbinned" is the headline for the Metro, which quotes current Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer as calling it a "day of shame" for the party. The watchdog found that Labour had "harassed" and "discriminated" against Jews and interfered with the complaints process to protect senior party figures, including Mr Corbyn, the paper says.
Financial Times
In other news, The Financial Times leads with a story about the US election, reporting that "record growth" for the country's economy has offered President Trump the opportunity to tout the recovery in a late pitch to voters ahead of Tuesday's poll. The paper says the US economy grew at its fastest post-war pace in the third quarter, bouncing back from coronavirus lockdowns.