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Jeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out running as an INDEPENDENT MP at the next general election

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out running as an INDEPENDENT MP at the next general election as he demands Keir Starmer’s Labour removes suspension imposed following anti-Semitism probe

  • Hard left icon had the Labour whip removed last year over anti-Semitism probe
  • But he remains a party member despite being pushed out by fellow MPs
  • Asked if he could stand as an independent he refused to discuss ‘hypotheticals’
  • But added: ‘ I have been elected 10 times for my constituency since 1983’


Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today refused to rule out running against the party at the next election if he is still a parliamentary exile.

The hard left icon had the Labour whip removed last year after an independent report into racism identified serious failings during his time in charge – but he refused to apologise.

But he defiantly demanded he be reinstated today, accusing the parliamentary party of trying to ride roughshod over the membership. 

He remains a Labour member after an attempt to kick him out last year was overturned by its National Executive Committee. However the NEC has no power to restore the whip.

Speaking at a Labour Conference event alongside MP Barry Gardiner in Brighton today, Mr Corbyn was asked about his plans in Islington North seat if the whip was not restored by the time of the next election.

Quizzed on whether he could stand as an independent – and theoretically against an official Labour candidate – 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… 

The hard left icon had the Labour whip removed last year after an independent report into racism identified serious failings during his time in charge – but he refused to apologise.

If Mr Corbyn was to stand as an independent it would be a major headache for Sir Keir, who has been under attack from the Corbynista left wing of the party at the Brighton conference.

If Mr Corbyn was to stand as an independent it would be a major headache for Sir Keir, who has been under attack from the Corbynista left wing of the party at the Brighton conference.

‘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.’

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 has been under attack from the Corbynista left wing of the party at the Brighton conference. 

He has been attempting to show that Labour can be trusted after its anti-Semitism shame under Mr Corbyn, but a run by the outcast former leader would reopen wounds and could damage the party’s chances. 

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 has been under attack from the Corbynista left wing of the party at the Brighton conference.

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 has been under attack from the Corbynista left wing of the party at the Brighton conference.

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

The decision to readmit him to the party was made by an NEC panel of five members who are independent of the Labour leadership – but they had no power to restore the whip.

That decision rests with Sir Keir and party chief whip Nick Brown.

He has not apologised, despite it being a condition of having the whip restored. He rounded on a party member who asked him when he would apologise at the event today.

‘Racism has no place whatsoever anywhere in our society, in our party or in our movement,’ he said.

‘Next Sunday I will be at Cable Street with the Jewish community, with the Muslim community, with all the South Asian community, the black community and every other community and celebrate the way in which the Jewish and Irish communities came together in 1936 to oppose (Oswald) Mosely and the fascists. Indeed my mother was there at that time as well.

‘Because we have to defeat racism in every form and that is what I have spent my life doing and it is what I will spend the rest of my life doing.’

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