Labour leader Keir Starmer said he was “shocked” by the contents of a leaked report which laid bare the divisions in the party’s HQ under Jeremy Corbyn.
Starmer, who has ordered an inquiry into the leaking of the document and its contents, said the party has to “turn our back on factionalism”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This is a leaked report into what was apparently happening before I became leader. I was shocked by what I saw and the circumstance in which it all came about.
“That’s why I have ordered an inquiry, which I want to be professionally done, independently done and quickly done, because our party needs to unite and face the future and get back to our historic purpose, which is getting a Labour government in so that we can actually change lives for millions of people for the better.”
He added: “We absolutely have to turn our back on factionalism and that was the whole basis of my leadership campaign.”