Islington North Labour defies Starmer to support Jeremy Corbyn. What will he do now?

Last Updated: May 18, 2023By Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Remember when Keir Starmer said this?

“The selections for Labour Party candidates needs [sic] to be more democratic and we should end NEC impositions of candidates. Local Party members should select their candidates for every election.”

Well, Islington North Constituency Labour Party has done just that – passing a motion of support for MP Jeremy Corbyn and expressing the desire that he should be their candidate in the next general election.

There’s a problem with that: Keir Starmer’s NEC has ruled that Mr Corbyn may no longer stand for election as a Labour Party candidate. He demanded this NEC imposition in spite of his own words from 2020 that you see at the top of this article.

Responses from those of us who keep an eye on the retreat of democracy in the Labour Party have drawn the logical conclusions:

Indeed. Starmer won’t respect the wishes of Labour Party members and is likely to impose his own preferred candidate (some are already suggesting that Sam Tarry has been chosen). Also…

… it does seem likely that Starmer will take revenge on the constituency delegates who voted against his orders.

No doubt we shall see what he does soon enough.

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