Sir Keir Starmer has said that Jeremy Corbyn will not be able to run as a Labour candidate in the next election.
The whip was lifted from the former Labour leader in 2020 as a result of his reaction to the damning Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation into antisemitism in the party.
Sir Keir remarked on the BBC’s Today show yesterday, “I don’t see the circumstances in which he will stand at the next election as a Labour MP.”
Mr. Corbyn has represented Islington North since 1983 and might run as an independent candidate.
His re-election, however, would be contingent on his personal appeal to residents, as well as the support of his committed fans, who helped drive him to the Labour leadership in 2015.
When asked whether he thought Mr. Corbyn could run as an independent candidate against a Labour candidate, Sir Keir answered, ‘I can only speak for the Labour Party, I can’t speak for Jeremy on this.’
Mr. Corbyn’s membership in the Labour Party was restored within weeks of his whip being lifted, but Sir Keir refused to readmit him to the group of Labour MPs.
Mr Corbyn said in his original reaction to the EHRC findings that the extent of antisemitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons.”
He then sought to explain his remarks, claiming that anti-Semitism fears are “neither exaggerated nor overstated.”