Starmer’s drones have tried to dismiss McCluskey’s accusation today that Corbyn’s reinstatement was all agreed, claiming no deal was made – but party sources say that back-bench left MP Jon Trickett has all the evidence and is ready to reveal it
Keir Starmer’s office has tried to brush off claims today by outgoing Unite general secretary Len McCluskey that Starmer broke a firm agreement to reinstate former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn when he was suspended for pointing out, correctly, that claims of antisemitism in the party had been exaggerated for political gain.
As well as being correct, the EHRC report on the issue, to which Corbyn was responding, itself emphasised his ‘legally-protected right’ to make the comment. The EHRC report also forbade ‘political interference’ in disciplinary issues, putting Starmer in breach of at least two aspects of a report he promised to implement in full.
And Starmer’s word-breaking streak went on when he turned his back on his promise to reinstate Corbyn, according to McCluskey – but Starmer’s office is trying to claim it never happened.
But Starmer is in line for an unpleasant surprise.
Well-placed sources in the Labour party say that, as a participant in the discussions, Trickett kept all the records of what was agreed, by whom and when – and that he is prepared to release them if Starmer does not back down from his attempted denials.
Of course, Starmer’s ‘backroom deal’ for Corbyn’s reinstatement – and his decision to renege on it after Corbyn had fulfilled his part of the deal with his ‘clarification’ of his comments – are the worst-kept secret in Westminster and were revealed by Skwawkbox fully ten months ago.
But the concrete, nuts-and-bolts proof that he did so will be a hand-grenade thrown into Starmer’s preparations for his desperate attempt to use his conference speech to stave off the complete collapse of his ‘leadership’, one that the worst Labour leader in history can ill afford.
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