Leaders of the political party that falsely claims to provide an alternative to the hard-right Conservative government but welcomes the most right-wing of Tories to its ranks with open arms has voted to extend Jeremy Corbyn’s banishment from its Parliamentary membership.
Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee agreed by 23 votes in favour, 14 against and one abstention not to restore the party’s Parliamentary whip to Mr Corbyn after hearing from Chief Whip Alan Campbell, who said the party’s former leader had not apologised nor addressed any of the issues raised against him when his membership was suspended unilaterally by party leader Keir Starmer in November 2020.
Starmer decided to throw Mr Corbyn out after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had found that Labour had not been institutionally anti-Semitic under Mr Corbyn’s leadership, but right-wing factionalists had interfered with the party’s handling of complaints in order to bring the socialist then-leader into disrepute.
The EHRC examined 70 cases, of which 42 (60 per cent) were found not to have been investigated in line with the party’s policies at the time.
Mr Corbyn’s response to the EHRC’s finding was wrongly said to be offensive to Jewish people by Starmer. Let’s just check that…
Jeremy Corbyn said when EHRC Report came out,
“One antisemite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside & outside the party, as well as by much of the media”
I’m Jewish & I agree, as do MANY Jews
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) January 25, 2022
So, right-wingers – with whom Starmer aligns – had tried to mislead the public into thinking Mr Corbyn was responsible for failures to address complaints of anti-Semitism when in fact they were to blame, having done so in order to falsely create an impression that the amount of anti-Semitism in Labour was far greater than was in fact the case – and Mr Corbyn was suspended as a member of the Parliamentary Labour Party for pointing this out?
If anybody should apologise, it seems that person’s name is “Keir Starmer”.
His resignations as party leader, MP and Labour member should follow (in This Writer’s opinion).
But we know that isn’t going to happen. He has spent far too much of the nearly two years he has been leader perverting the party’s rules and procedures to favour himself and his cronies to ever do that!
There is an alternative, though:
Walk away with your head held high, Jeremy Corbyn.
This Labour Party isn’t worthy of you.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) January 25, 2022
If you can’t vibe with a decent fella like Jeremy Corbyn, that’s a you problem.
Labour can rot. This is a movement, not a brand.
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈 (@TheMendozaWoman) January 25, 2022
Mr Corbyn himself retains the higher ground:
Today’s NEC vote and Keir Starmer’s ongoing decision to bar me from sitting as a Labour MP is disappointing.
I am grateful for and humbled by the support I've received, especially from my Islington North constituents.
The struggle for peace, justice and sustainability goes on.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) January 25, 2022
This Writer would certainly agree that it is time for Mr Corbyn to join the left-wing movement that rising outside the Labour Party, which needs socialists far more than they need tepid Tories.
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