Starmer to sit in judgement: Jeremy Corbyn told he will be barred from sitting as Labour MP for three months


Sir Keir Starmer as decided Jeremy Corbyn told he will be barred from sitting as Labour MP for three months

Sir Keir Starmer has refused to let him sit as a Labour MP he claiming his predecessor’s remarks had “undermined trust” in the party within the Jewish community.

The suspension will be kept under review by leader Sir Keir Starmer, siting has judge, jury and executioner while ignoring the NEC decision to reinstate Mr Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn was told about the move in a letter from Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown sent on Thursday night.

The former Labour leader was suspended at the end of October for his response to a long-running investigation by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into how antisemitism complaints were handled during his tenure.

A panel from the party’s ruling National Executive Committee voted this week to readmit Jeremy Corbyn as a member, but Sir Keir Starmer said he would not automatically get the Labour whip back.

The refusal to let Mr Corbyn back into the parliamentary party has sparked consternation among Labour members and supporters along with Jeremy Corbyn’s allies.

“I’ve never seen a more flagrant, repellent and cynical exploitation of anti-Semitism in my life than its disgusting use to smear Corbyn because of a lack of alternatives for how to defeat him. Nothing has trivialized this cause more than what British Blairites have done.” -Glenn Greenwald Award-Winning (Jewish) Journalist

Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union, said it was “vindictive and vengeful action which despoils party democracy and due process alike”.

And John McDonnell, Mr Corbyn’s former shadow chancellor, called the decision “just plain wrong” and warned it would cause more division and disunity”.

A total of 30 Labour MPs, along with two peers, have opposed Mr Corbyn being refused the whip, writing in a statement released through the Socialist Campaign Group that it was “damaging” to party unity.

Ignoring the report

The investigation has identified serious failings in the Labour Party leadership in addressing antisemitism and an inadequate process for handling antisemitism complaints.

The Party is responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act (2010) relating to:

  • political interference in antisemitism complaints
  • failure to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints
  • harassment

It beggars belief that Sir Keir Starmer would use and politicise the ECHR report in such a way when one of the report findings and reprimands was to say that there had been some interference from the Leadership office and not Jeremy Corbyn, it seems Sir Keir Starmer will just take out the bits he wants to use for his advantage and disregard the rest.

A letter from 15 members of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) who support Mr Corbyn to the most senior party official, alleging political interference in the former leader’s case.

Meaning of political interference

The Investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party report, Political interference: LINK

An effective complaints process must be fair, impartial and transparent.
Decisions on complaints should be made through specified formal processes,
based on a fair and objective assessment of the facts.

In our investigation we use the term ‘political interference’ to mean people
influencing decision-making or taking decisions in complaints outside of
established processes.

This sort of interference may happen because of political concerns, such as the
reaction of the media or the reputational risk to the Labour Party, or for reasons
relating to support for internal factions within the Party. It can lead to decisions
being made for political reasons, rather than based on the facts of the case.

Issues such as reputational risk are legitimate matters for the Party’s leadership
to consider in handling the outcome of decisions on complaints. However, it is
not appropriate for such factors to influence the decision on the complaint itself.
Political interference may be unlawful if it has a discriminatory impact on certain
types of complaints or complainants.

Sir Keir Starmer must think himself very cleaver not interfering with the process but waited for the NEC to find Jeremy Corbyn innocent and reinstated. Then Starmer brings down is own verdict and acts has a Judge, jury and executioner in his refusal of the whip for Mr Corbyn.

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