This is what harassment and bullying look’s like dirty politics from a treacherous Party.
Jeremy Corbyn is under investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards following allegations he did not properly declare financial support given to him for legal disputes involving anti-Semitism.
The former Labour leader is under investigation over the “registration of an interest under the Guide to the Rules” by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
It comes after Labour MP Neil Coyle wrote to the commissioner regarding financial and in-kind support for legal disputes the former leader, who now sits as an independent MP, has been involved in.
In the letter, first reported by Sky News, Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Mr Coyle, who is a critic of Mr Corbyn, said he believed his former boss may have broken the code of conduct for MPs over declaring the support.
He claimed that the former leader had “received financial support for legal cases involving him in various legal disputes, principally surrounding anti-Semitism”, but that he said had not been properly declared.
At the time, Mr Corbyn said: “I will be liaising with the commissioner in response to Neil Coyle’s correspondence.”
The former Labour leader was suspended from the Labour Party in October 2020 following his response to an Equality and Human Rights Commission report into anti-Semitism in the party.
A disciplinary panel of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) lifted the suspension of Corbyn’s party membership after he issued a conciliatory statement “clarifying” his remarks made when the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a damning report on Labour antisemitism.
After the NEC hearing, Corbyn subsequently had the Labour whip removed from him personally by Sir Keir Starmer, Starmer said he would not be welcoming Corbyn back into the parliamentary Labour party (PLP).
“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,” Starmer said. “In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.”
The decision sparked an angry response from Corbyn’s backers in the PLP, including Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and Richard Burgon, who accused Starmer of jeopardising party unity.
Andrew Scattergood, the co-chair of the grassroots campaign group Momentum, accused the party leader of “making it up as he goes along”.
“This is not only farcical and incompetent, it is a blatant political attack on the left at a time when Labour should be united in taking on the Tories,” he said. Scattergood added that leftwing members would continue to “fight for a socialist Labour party”, adding “they can’t remove the whip from our movement”.
Starmer appeared to be referring to Corbyn’s statement following the publication of the EHRC report on 29 October, in which he said the problem of antisemitism in Labour had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media”.
In a “clarification” submitted to the NEC and made public, Corbyn said claims of antisemitism had not been “exaggerated”.
That appeared to satisfy the NEC disciplinary panel, which party insiders said had decided unanimously to end the suspension of Corbyn’s Labour membership.
However, it evidently did not satisfy Starmer.
Starmer claimed he would bring unity to the Party during his leadership campaign, most members did not realise that that unity meant overtly making the Labour Party a hostile environment for socialists and the Left.