Jeremy Corbyn won’t have Labour whip restored after ‘undermining’ antisemitism fight, says Sir Keir Starmer
The former leader will still not officially be a Labour MP despite having had his suspension as a party member lifted.
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will not have the party’s whip restored, his successor Sir Keir Starmer has announced.
It means that Mr Corbyn will still not officially be a Labour MP, despite his suspension as a party member having been lifted by a disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening.
He reiterated his intent to establish a new independent disciplinary process “as soon as possible” and revealed that Mr Corbyn would not yet be readmitted as a Labour MP.
The Islington North MP had been suspended by Labour several weeks ago following his response to a damning report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
“Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle antisemitism.
“In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.”
The EHRC’s report was critical of the party’s handling of antisemitism complaints under Mr Corbyn’s leadership.
But, immediately after the report’s publication last month, Mr Corbyn claimed “the scale of the problem” of Labour antisemitism allegations was “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents”.
He also said he did not accept all of the EHRC report’s findings in comments that prompted his suspension.
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