On 18th August 2018, it was reported that, following a complaint, Cllr Sheridan had been suspended by the Labour Party for his post, pending investigation by the party.
On 18th August 2018, it was further reported that a Labour Party spokesman had said in relation to the case: “The Labour party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it in all its forms. All complaints about antisemitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”
On 18th August 2018, it was also reported that the Renfrewshire North & West Constituency Labour Party Executive Committee had released a statement which read: “The Executive Committee of Renfrewshire North and West Constituency Labour Party (CLP) welcomes the suspension of Jim Sheridan from the Labour Party, pending investigating in [sic] his alleged anti-Semitic [sic] comments made in a Facebook post on Friday 17th August.”
On 18th August 2018, it was also reported that Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson was urging Cllr Sheridan to resign and stand down as a councillor.
On 20th August 2018, it was reported that the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP had described Mr Sheridan’s comments as “completely unacceptable” and “completely wrong”.
On 26th January 2019, it was reported that Cllr Sheridan’s suspension had been lifted the previous day. No explanation was given as to how the decision to do so had been reached. Cllr Sheridan made a statement in which he reaffirmed his conviction in his position, saying: “Whilst I am delighted with this decision, I remain of the view that my accusers were misguided and overreacted to what was intended to highlight my personal frustration and criticism of those intent on undermining our leadership in Scotland and the UK.”
On 20th June 2019, it was reported that Cllr Sheridan had been promoted to the deputy leadership of the Labour group on Renfrewshire council.
Aside from a period of suspension, we do not know whether disciplinary action has been taken by the Labour Party against Cllr Sheridan, and at the time of writing, on 10th June 2020, we have no record of any. However, the circumstances and outcomes of any such action would remain unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by Baroness Chakrabarti’s report on antisemitism in the Labour Party.
In July 2020, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to both Cllr Sheridan and the Labour Party, but did not receive a response.
On 25th June 2021, it was reported that Cllr Sheridan was being investigated for comments he made at a council meeting, in which he described his original comments about antisemitism as “perfectly reasonable”.
On 19th July 2021, it was reported that Cllr Sheridan had been suspended for a second time.