Keir Starmer warns Jeremy Corbyn he could be BLOCKED from standing for Labour at the next election

Keir Starmer warns Jeremy Corbyn he could be BLOCKED from


Keir Starmer warns that his hard Left predecessor Jeremy Corbyn could be BLOCKED from standing as a Labour candidate at the next election if he does not apologise for anti-Semitism

  • Hard Left Icon Corbyn has sat in Commons as independent MP for over a year
  • Whip removed after damning independent investigation into anti-Semitism 
  • He has refused to make the apology demanded for his reinstatement
  • Has also refused to rule out running in Islington North against Labour 










Keir Starmer set up a potential massive Labour election battle today as he warned his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn may be banned from representing the party at the next election.

The hard Left icon has sat as an independent in the Commons after having the Labour whip removed last year in the wake of a damning independent investigation into anti-Semitism during his tenure.

The 72-year-old has been told to make a fulsome apology before he can represent the party in Parliament again, something he has so far refused to do. 

Attending the party conference in Brighton in September he refused to rule out running in Islington North as an independent.

And speaking to the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast today, Sir Keir admitted he may have to.

‘He knows what he must do in order to move this forward. He’s not chosen to do so – that’s his choice’, Sir Keir said.

Asked if that meant Mr Corbyn could be blocked from standing for Labour he added: ‘I don’t know, but at the moment that may be the case.’ 

'He knows what he must do in order to move this forward. He’s not chosen to do so - that’s his choice', Sir Keir said.

‘He knows what he must do in order to move this forward. He’s not chosen to do so – that’s his choice’, Sir Keir said.

The hard Left icon has sat as an independent in the Commons after having the Labour whip removed last year in the wake of a damning independent investigation into anti-Semitism during his tenure.

The hard Left icon has sat as an independent in the Commons after having the Labour whip removed last year in the wake of a damning independent investigation into anti-Semitism during his tenure.

An independent run by Mr Corbyn in his north London seat is sure to lead to a bitter internecine battle at the next election.

He has held the seat since 1983 and at the 2019 election he won a majority of 26,188 – down from 33,215 two years previously as Labour was hammered by Boris Johnson’s Tories. 

Mr Corbyn was suspended from Labour in October 2020 after claiming the scale of anti-Semitism had been ‘dramatically overstated for political reasons’ by opponents inside and outside Labour, along with the media. 

His suspension was later overturned by the party’s National Executive Committee.

An election is expected in 2023 or 2024. If Mr Corbyn was to stand as an independent it would be a major headache for Sir Keir, who was attacked by the Corbynista left wing of the party at the Brighton conference in September

An election is expected in 2023 or 2024. If Mr Corbyn was to stand as an independent it would be a major headache for Sir Keir, who was attacked by the Corbynista left wing of the party at the Brighton conference in September

Its panel of five members are independent of the Labour leadership but they had no power to restore the parliamentary whip. That decision rests with Sir Keir and party chief whip Nick Brown.

Mr Corbyn has yet to apologise, despite it being a condition of having the whip restored.

Asked at the party conference about his plans in Islington North seat if the whip was not restored he refused to discuss ‘hypotheticals’.

But he added: ‘As far as I am concerned I was proud to be elected as the Labour MP in December 2019. I have been elected 10 times for my constituency since 1983. I love the area, I do my best to represent all the people in the community…

‘I don’t think the Parliamentary Labour Party should try to gainsay what the National Executive has decided so as far as I am concerned there is no case other than I should be reinstated on the Labour whip.’ 

Bookmaker Coral today made Corbyn 3-1 to win a seat at the next general election. 

Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: ‘We think if he does not get reinstated into the party before the next UK vote, it will harm his chances quite significantly.’





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