Len McCluskey has described the decision taken by Keir Starmer not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn following the lifting of the former Labour leader’s suspension as a “witch-hunt and persecution of a decent man”.
In an interview this morning, the general secretary of Unite the Union said Starmer “disregarded process” by not restoring the whip after a panel of five national executive committee (NEC) members readmitted Corbyn to the party.
He said: “An NEC panel, a unanimous NEC panel of five individuals, made a decision. And let me just make this clear, out of the five – in case there’s any dubiety – there are only two out of those five who could be described as Corbyn supporters.
“And yet it was a unanimous decision and now Keir seems to have disregarded process and stepped in with this extraordinary decisions. It looks to me very much like a witch-hunt and persecution of a decent man.
“You know, people can disagree with Corbyn on a whole host of things but I think mst people regard him as a decent, honest individual and to be persecuted and witch-hunted in this way is not the Labour Party way of doing things.”