Keir Starmer has suggested that the party should “look again” at the rule that would usually ban anyone who stood against official Labour candidates in the last general election from rejoining for five years.
Luciana Berger quit Labour in February 2019 citing antisemitism within the party and co-founded The Independent Group. She later joined the Liberal Democrats and stood as their candidate in the 2019 election.
One Jewish Labour Movement conference attendee who supported Berger last year asked the current Labour leader this afternoon whether the party would consider welcoming back as members those who campaigned for her.
Labour rules state that members who support any candidate standing against a Labour candidate cannot be or remain a member. Those who stand against Labour are normally ineligible for membership for five years.
Addressing the question, Starmer replied: “I know this affects a number of people who left our party over the last few years and found themselves campaigning for other candidates, or even standing as candidates.