Corbyn reinstated. What about those Labour members suspiciously suspended for supporting him?

All smiles: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party suspension is over. Now what about the members who stood up for him – and were suspended for doing so?

Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn on the restoration of the Labour whip.

Not only that, but he managed to achieve this feat without backing down from his position on the EHRC’s report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

You can read details on Skwawbox, where Steve Walker suggests that the result will let Keir Starmer off the hook he was hanging himself on – potentially splitting the party if he didn’t back down over Corbyn’s suspension.

But Starmer isn’t off the hook.

You see, very many people had their Labour Party memberships suspended for supporting Corbyn – right before crucial elections to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee.

The total vote counted constituted just 27 per cent of the last known number of members, compared with 68 per cent who voted in the previous NEC elections. That’s a big drop!

It has been suggested that the party has lost a large number of left-wing members who quit after Starmer’s election as leader – and whose votes were then wiped from the NEC election count.

It has also been suggested that Starmer was hoping the suspensions of those who remained to complain about his treatment of Corbyn would lead to a victory for the so-called “moderate” (right-wing) slate.

He didn’t get it.

So, now, it is possible to suggest that Corbyn has been reinstated because there is no more need for him to be suspended.

Where does that leave everybody else?

The reinstatement of Corbyn, while other party members remain suspended, fits Starmer’s modus operandi – and that of the party mechanism – perfectly.

Corbyn is a famous, high-profile party member. The others are rank-and-file members who Starmer seems to consider are interchangeable; disposable.

In this writer’s opinion, that is why Corbyn is back in and they are still out.

There is only one way for Starmer to clear his ledger – and that is for him to literally clear this ledger.

He needs to reinstate everybody his people suspended for supporting Corbyn, with no questions asked.

If he doesn’t, there will always be a shadow hanging over him, and a nasty smell of corruption.

Even if he does, it’s possible the delay means that smell won’t entirely go away.

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1 thought on “Corbyn reinstated. What about those Labour members suspiciously suspended for supporting him?

  1. Neville

    Corbyn SHOULD’VE stayed out of Labour…and fellow left MPs and members should’ve walked out with him. His credibility depends on a Left split. Day after day, Starmer is changing Labour and bending it to his control, making the party even more anti-democratic.

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