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Source: Labour List UK

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Keir Starmer has announced a fresh decision not to restore the Labour whip to Jeremy Corbyn – despite the former leader being readmitted to the party via its current complaints process on Tuesday.

Corbyn was reinstated by a panel of five Labour national executive committee (NEC) members after last month being suspended from the party by general secretary David Evans, an ally of Starmer.

But no decision was taken immediately on whether to restore the whip. While allies of Corbyn say party rules mean he has automatically become a member of the Parliamentary Labour Party again, the leadership disagrees.

Announcing his decision today, Starmer said: “Since I was elected Labour leader, I have made it my mission to root out antisemitism from the Labour Party. I know that I will judged on my actions, not my words.

“The disciplinary process does not have the confidence of the Jewish community. That became clear once again yesterday.

“It is the task of my leadership to fix what I have inherited. That is what I am resolute in doing and I have asked for an independent process to be established as soon as possible.

“I’m the leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

“Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle antisemitism.

“In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.”

MIL OSI United Kingdom