Sir Keir Starmer announces Jeremy Corbyn will not stand for election as a Labour candidate
While addressing antisemitism in the labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer made it clear that his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn will not stand in the general election as a Labour candidate.
Tonight the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to bar him from standing for the party at the next general election, calling it a “flagrant attack” on democracy.
Mr Corbyn said it was up to local party members to choose their candidate, not Labour leaders.
The Islington North MP, who sits as an independent, was suspended as a Labour MP in 2020 in a row over antisemitism.
Sir Keir Starmersaid Labour had changed, and people who did not like it could leave.
Jeremy Corbyn’s response
In a statement posted on Twitter, Mr Corbyn said: “Keir Starmer’s statement about my future is a flagrant attack on the democratic rights of Islington North Labour Party members. It is up to them – not party leaders – to decide who their candidate should be.
“Any attempt to block my candidacy is a denial of due process, and should be opposed by anybody who believes in the value of democracy.”
He described Sir Keir’s move as “a divisive distraction from our overriding goal: to defeat the Conservative Party at the next general election”.
A statement on my future as the MP for Islington North. pic.twitter.com/LFOgujYGwN— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 15, 2023
The End of The long coup.
This came as no surprise to the majority of Left-wing supporters, it was only a matter of time. The Corbyn project has been well and truly buried by the establishment and its agents within the Labour Party, whether it survives as an independent movement is a different question but for now, it’s long live the status quo, long live the Iron heel.
Revisionists and those willing to be Starmer’s useful idiots will always blame antisemitism for Labour’s 2019 loss and more so Corbyn’s downfall. But the truth is he was a threat to the establishment and the attacks on him started with the remainers that feared a eurosceptic working class leader would take us out of the EU and use that position to make real socialist changes in the UK.
No one can accuse the establishment of being stupid, it has always been understood the best way of destroying an opponent is from within, they don’t just use the tactics of Caesar, they are far more Machiavellian, and nothing is off-limits. From disinformation, character assassination or even fitting up the leaders. They understand the best way of stopping a movement is to destroy it from the inside and in Jeremy Corbyn’s case, they used the full armoury.
Immediately following the EU referendum on 23 June 2016 not only throw the establishment into disarray it trigger events that still are unfolding today many of which have unseen political ramifications seven years on.
Cameron had taken a gamble in calling the referendum, it was clear the Tories had to stop the haemorrhaging of supporters to UKIP it was decided the question of Europe would be answered once and for all by the people, Cameron believed a Remain vote would kill UKIP and stabilise the Tories. On the 24th of June 2016 following the vote to leave the EU, the Remain backing David Cameron announced his resignation as prime minister.
This put the Labour Party in the best position it had been in for years, the country had spoken and the Remain-backing Tory prime minister had lost everything, including his job.
As fate would have it sat as leader of the opposition was a well know, well-established Eurosceptic, Jeremy Corbyn. For both the establishment and the remainder this Corbyn became the most dangerous man in politics.
Given the opportunity, Corbyn could well have driven a landslide election after a vote of no confidence in the Tories. Instead, the very next day after Cameron’s resignation and a leaderless Tory party was left flapping like Turkeys at Christmas. It was at that point when everything Tory started to collapse. The Remain Labour Party MPs in the shadow front bench began to very publicly resignation and call for a no-confidence vote on Jeremy Corbyn. The so-called Chicken coup began, the reason given, Corbyn had not campaigned strongly enough for a Remain vote!
No matter how the Labour Party had campaigned in the referendum Corbyn for all intents and purposes was best placed to shine.
For years he had explained the Lexit position. He had expressed why the UK would be best placed outside the neoliberal EU with a socialist manifesto that could make real positive change for the people, His many speeches explained not just the democratic value but the economic value of being outside the EU with initiatives like full Nationalisation of Energy, water, mail and rail to kick start a new industrial strategy for the UK.
Strategically Labour under Corbyn was in a position to upset the establishment to rake back some power for the people. This was not only frightening to the establishment but to the oligarchy and other EU countries whose member states literally owned the UK’s infrastructure, including, Energy, water, mail and rail.
It was at that point the Labour Party establishment activists the enemy within were called to action. They worked to ensure there would never be a Left-leaning government in Westminster. Any dream of a democratic revolution would be stopped at all costs.
The history of the chicken coup is well documented but suffice it to say, Corbyn came back with a bigger mandate as leader. The people’s desire for change gave him an overwhelming majority. This again upset the establishment and those within the Labour Party that wanted nothing more than the continuation of the status quo.
Corbyn went on an almost one-man campaign in that general election with many right-wing Labour MPs refusing to associate themselves with the party leader. However, after the 2017 general election an election that Labour staffers worked tirelessly to lose Corbyn made a stand that almost saw victory, his position was to respect the result of the referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn has increased Labour’s share of the vote by more than any other of the party’s election leaders since 1945.
Labour’s proportion of the vote grew 9.6 per cent in Thursday’s poll — the biggest swing since Clement Attlee shortly after the Second World War.
After the shock election result, which saw the Conservative Party lose its majority, Mr Corbyn announced: “We are ready to serve this country.”
Jeremy Corbyn has just increased Labour’s share of the vote more than any other leader in any other election since Attlee in 1945 pic.twitter.com/CwcHzHZ04q— Fraser Nelson (@FraserNelson) June 9, 2017
For a while, it very much looked like Corbyn could bring about political change. Of course, things changed after two years of unstable government with a Remain strong parliament keeping the country in political limbo. Labour’s treacherous staffers and PLP continued to plot using all the tricks in the book. Lord Peter Mandelson and his Blairite staffers set up the ironically named ‘Peoples vote’, The same Mandelson that stated he worked every day to bring about the end of Corbyn’s tenure.
The so-called Peoples vote was a movement to bring about a second EU referendum run as if it wasn’t the people that voted to leave the EU in the first place. In reality, it acted as an anti-Corbyn movement, attacking Corbyn far more than the government.
However in 2018, it was strictly against Labour policy to advocate a second referendum, Corbyn had stuck with the policy of respecting the result of the 2016 referendum, even sacking his old leadership rival Owen Joens for publicly suggesting a second vote. That changed after the Lab18 conference, Labour had spent over 6 hours in a deadlock over a composite vote that suggested in the event of a no-deal or bad Tory deal on leaving the EU they would support a second referendum. After the vote was won Starmer made a speech going off script not only did he suggest Labour would support a second referendum vote but would also advocate for remain.
As I wrote the day that happened, Starmer just broke the Labour Party. That was the death blow for Corbyn and the start of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership race.
After the fateful day Labour was lost, it was only a matter of time. Corbyn’s Achilles heel was the fact he kept his enemy close and his friends apart. The pincher movement by staffers that once worked for Peter Mandelson in his official remain, campaign group, Britain Stronger in Europe, continued to attack Corbyn and his supporters by the weaponisation of antisemitism.
Once the 2019 election was called and somehow Starmer had won the fight to have his second referendum policy included in the manifesto after that it only took the Tories three little words to win:
Get Brexit done!
The Tory victory witnessed Labour lose 60 seats, 6 in Scotland and 54 in England. Of the 54 English seats 52 had overwhelmingly supported leaving the EU.
The weaponised antisemitism did its work after the landslide victory, only weeks after Starmer’s coronation to the labour leadership he suspended his former boss for antisemitism.
Corbyn was suspended as a Labour MP by Sir Keir Starmer for saying, in his response to the 2020 EHRC report, that the scale of antisemitism within Labour had been”dramatically overstated” by his opponents and much of the media.
Corbyn rightly added antisemitism was “absolutely abhorrent” and “one antisemite is one too many” in the party.
He was readmitted to the wider party after saying concerns about antisemitism had been neither “exaggerated nor overstated”, but he remains barred from representing Labour in Parliament on the whim of Sir Keir Starmer. That left the former Labour leader sitting as an independent MP.
Many have waited for this moment for many reasons, some stating they would wait before leaving the Labour Party others have waited in anticipation of Corbyn starting a new Party. With the volitivity of politics today a new Left party could well fill a vacuum. Whatever happens, my guess would be that Islington north becomes an independent constituency with Jeremy Corbyn as its sitting MP.
Tony Benn’s dire predictions have come true, and the establishment has been made safe...
“If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxist, the media -having tasted Blood- would demand next that it expelled all its Socialist and reunited the remaining Labour Party with the SDP to form a harmless alternative to the Conservatives, which could then be allowed to take office now and then when the Conservatives fell out of favour with the public.
Thus British Capitalism, it is argued, will be made safe forever, and socialism would be squeezed off the National agenda. But if such a strategy were to succeed… it would in fact profoundly endanger British society. For it would open up the danger of a swing to the far-right, as we have seen in Europe over the last 50 years.” -Tony Benn
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