Labor left asks why Christian Wakeford is welcome, but Starmer won’t let Jeremy Corbyn back

Labor left asks why Tory renegade Christian Wakeford is welcome, but Sir Keir Starmer won’t let Jeremy Corbyn back

  • Left-wing Labor members propose restoring party whip to Corbyn
  • They say banning the former leader from sitting as a Labor MP is ‘unjustifiable’
  • Challenge comes following news of Christian Wakeford’s defection
  • Former Tory reportedly once called Labor ‘a bunch of c****s’










The Labor left is set this week to challenge the authority of Sir Keir Starmer by offering to restore the party whip to Jeremy Corbyn.

They say barring the former leader from sitting as a Labor MP is ‘unjustifiable’ now that Tory defector Christian Wakeford – who once allegedly called Labor ‘c***s’ – has been welcomed into the lap.

The move, set out in a motion tabled this week for the ruling party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), will be seen as a direct challenge to Sir Keir’s ambition to draw a line under the Corbyn era.

The Labor left is set this week to challenge the authority of Sir Keir Starmer by offering to restore the party whip to Jeremy Corbyn (pictured last week)

Just last week Sir Keir hailed Mr Wakeford’s defection, bragging to show ‘work has changed’ and is now ‘my Labour‘.

But the move has sparked fury from the Labor left that the former leader is still being forced to sit as an independent MP more than a year after he was kicked out of the party following a bitter row over anti-Semitism.

He will also not be allowed to stand as a Labor candidate in the next general election.

But in a motion for Labour’s NEC meeting this week, fire union chairman Ian Murray calls the ban a ‘deeply divisive act by the party leadership’ which ‘drove us away from the unity required’ to confront the conservatives.

He also claims the continuation of the ban, imposed in October 2020, was “grossly disrespectful” to voters in Mr Corbyn’s Islington North seat, which he first won in 1983.

Mr Murray told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We have just seen a right-wing Tory become a Labor MP while bragging that he hasn’t changed his political views.’

Just last week Sir Keir (pictured last week) hailed Mr Wakeford's defection bragging that he showed that

Just last week Sir Keir (pictured last week) welcomed Mr Wakeford’s defection, bragging to show ‘work has changed’ and is now ‘my Labour’

“Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, Labor MP for 37 years, remains unjustly suspended. It is an insult to all members of the Labor Party.

Corbyn ally and former Labor chairman Ian Lavery also said it was “astonishing… how an individual who has a visible anti-Labour background voted against free school meals for children and called the c***s gang labor party is accepted with open arms, and the former leader of the party, a man with an impeccable labor history, remains an outcast without a whip.

Leeds MP Richard Burgon, who was part of Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, tweeted: ‘You can’t say Labor should be a broad church and then not give the whip back to the former leader Jeremy Corbyn.”

Another Corbyn supporter claimed that forcing the former leader to stand as an independent in Islington North would be a “public relations disaster” for Sir Keir at the next election.

The Labor left says banning Corbyn from sitting as a Labor MP is

The Labor left says barring Corbyn from sitting as a Labor MP is ‘unjustifiable’ now that Tory defector Christian Wakeford (pictured on Thursday) has been welcomed in

Mr Corbyn was removed as Labor whip after claiming anti-Semitism within the party had been “grossly exaggerated for political reasons” after an equalities watchdog criticized his handling of the issue.

However, it was unclear last night whether the ‘whip restoration’ motion would be put to the vote at the NEC as Corbyn’s allies did not want to risk defeat by Starmer supporters on the committee.

Corbyn’s camp has even suggested that withdrawing the motion could encourage a compromise that would allow him to return to the fold.

But last night Sir Keir’s allies appeared in no mood to negotiate – insisting Corbyn was still refusing to issue a proper apology for his remarks on anti-Semitism, but would reunite with the party whip if he did. he did.

A Labor spokesman said: ‘It has been very clear to Jeremy Corbyn what he needs to do to get things done. That hasn’t changed, it’s in his hands.

Bury MP Mr Wakeford used the four-letter word against Labor last year after opposing cuts to Universal Credit.

Mr Corbyn was approached for a comment but did not respond.

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