Labour MPs, union leaders and activists are pushing Sir Keir Starmer to reverse his decision on Corbyn, and return the party whip to the former Labour leader.
Starmer has faced heavy backlash in recent times for his decision not to resinstate Jeremy Corbyn into the Parliamentary Labour Party, following the NEC’s decision to welcome him back into the party as a member after his suspension.
The former Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended from the party after facing a backlash for a statement given in regard to the EHRC’s report on anti-Semitism within the party, in which he said the issue had been “dramatically overstated”.
Labour MPs, union leaders and Labour activists have accused the party’s current leader, Sir Keir Starmer, of “undermining party democracy”, urging him to restore the whip to Corbyn and lift the ban on discussing this case, with the threat of also being dismissed.
Many high-profile Corbyn-supporting Labour MPs have written a strongly-worded letter to Starmer, demanding that he not “demoralise and undermine” the party’s membership ahead of local elections next year.
The statement read: “Members must be treated with respect, including by upholding the basic democratic right that local party members can decide what they discuss and the positions our local parties take.
“We call on the Labour leadership to reinstate the whip to Jeremy Corbyn, end the attacks on party democracy, legitimate discussion and recent wave of suspensions, and instead to focus on taking the fight to the Tories.”
Signatories to this letter included prominent Labour MPs and former Shadow Cabinet Ministers Diane Abbott and John McDonnell, and union leader Len McCluskey.