A radio interview this morning by former ‘LOTO’ (leader of the opposition’s office) staff member has confirmed that – as the SKWAWKBOX revealed exclusively last night – Jeremy Corbyn was automatically reinstated to the Labour whip last night when his suspension was withdrawn by an NEC panel.
James Schneider explained the process to the Today programme:
Schneider also confirmed that Keir Starmer has the option to withdraw the whip, but that this is a completely separate – and ‘purely political’ – process.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission report, which Starmer has committed to implementing in full, forbids political interference in disciplinary decisions. Now that the suspension has been lifted and the whip restored – unanimously and by a right-dominated panel of National Executive Committee members – such a decision by Starmer could not be anything but political interference.
This has not, of course, prevented petulant right-wing MPs and other right-wing groups hypocritically trying to politically influence Starmer to do so.
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