Labour rules restored whip to Corbyn the moment suspension was lifted – Starmer has now withdrawn it – contrary to his commitment to implement the EHRC report – but doesn’t present it that way
Keir Starmer has this morning withdrawn the Labour ‘whip’ from his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn – and did it in the most cowardly manner possible.
I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.
But under Labour’s rules, the whip was restored to Corbyn automatically the moment the suspension was lifted – unanimously – by a right-dominated panel of National Executive Committee (NEC) members.
Weasel-wording does not change facts.
Starmer’s decision is ‘purely political’, as a Jewish former LOTO staffer explained to Radio 4 this morning:
Starmer responded to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report, which banned all ‘political interference’ in disciplinary decisions, by saying that he would implement the report in full.
Now, because of pressure from hypocritical right-wingers who think political interference is just fine when it suits their purposes, he has withdrawn the whip.
Not ‘decided not to reinstate it’ – that wasn’t his decision. Withdrawn it.
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