Today marks the anniversary of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension as a Labour MP by Keir Starmer – in clear contravention of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) ban on ‘political interference’ in disciplinary matters, after Labour’s national executive restored his membership that had been wrongly suspended over Corbyn’s comments about the EHRC’s report that even the report acknowledged he had every right to make.
But as his supporters prepared to raise new protests for the restoration of the whip, Corbyn himself has marked the day with a surprise letter to a supporter whose health has dipped – a kind and thoughtful letter Danielle Wride has described on social media as ‘easily the best thing I’ve ever had come through my letterbox’.
Corbyn’s letter displays all the humanity and ability to connect that his opponents lack and fear:
The hundreds responses to Danielle’s tweet show how deeply the human touch strikes home:
Ms Wride’s own selflessness has also been on show. After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Augustat the age of just thirty-two, she published her diagnosis along with typical symptoms to look out for in the hope others affected might receive an early diagnosis:
In a tooth and nail fight for survival against enemies who have every intention of destroying the entire left movement and not just its figurehead, it’s easy to lose sight of the real goals and of the fundamental qualitative difference between the left and those who hate it.
Corbyn’s letter and Ms Wride’s own example serve as a timely reminder.
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