On 7th December 2011, it was reported that Mr Flynn had apologised for his remarks regarding the UK’s ambassador, stating that the criticism of them “was fair” and that he understood “why offence was given”. He had reportedly been spoken to by the Labour Party’s chief whip.
However, on 13th April 2012, it was reported that he had said of the accusation of antisemitism which resulted from his comments and his subsequent apology: “I didn’t go on television, I didn’t deny it, on the grounds that I was feeding the beast. I eventually apologised because it was getting so big that nice, elderly people I know were asking me if it was true, so I had to climb back and say it could have been misinterpreted. It was just outrageous, the untrue accusation.”
On 1st July 2016, it was reported that Mr Flynn had been appointed to Labour’s front bench as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.
On 4th July 2016, Mr Flynn was defended by Jeremy Corbyn, who was giving evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. In response to a question, Mr Corbyn said: “I don’t think Paul Flynn is in any way antisemitic or in any way racist. He made those  remarks in the context of someone’s appointment as an ambassador because of issues that he thought that ambassador had. I do not accept that Paul Flynn is in any form a racist. He is a good man and he represents his area well.”
In September 2017, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to Mr Flynn, who sent us the following statement: “This a dead issue. Raising it again is only the feeding [sic] those seeking controversy for their own ends. There are at 50 [sic] current issues of more importance that I would be happy to discuss.”
Mr Flynn died on 17th February 2019.
We do not know whether disciplinary action was ever taken by the Labour Party against Mr Flynn, and at the time of writing, on 18th September 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.