Work in new turmoil as Starmer refuses to whip Corbyn | Politics

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The work was plunged into further turmoil on Wednesday after Keir Starmer refused to restore Jeremy Corbyn’s whip, despite what Corbyn’s allies claim was a private deal to do so.Faced with the prospect that at least one senior Jewish MP – Margaret Hodge – could quit the party to protest Corbyn’s return to the fold, Starmer issued a firmly worded statement saying he would not welcome his predecessor into the party. parliamentary.

Starmer’s decision, however, provoked a backlash from the left of the party, with 31 MPs from the Socialist campaign group calling it “bad and damaging to Labor”.

The move came a day after a disciplinary panel from the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) lifted the suspension of Corbyn’s membership in the party over controversial remarks he made when the Equality Commission and Human Rights (EHRC) released a damning report on Labor anti-Semitism last month.

Starmer said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report have undermined and delayed our work to restore confidence in the ability of the Labor Party to tackle anti-Semitism. Under these circumstances, I made the decision not to return the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review. ”

Corbyn was suspended for a statement he released following the release of the EHRC report on October 29, in which he said the problem of anti-Semitism in the workplace had been “dramatically overestimated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media ”.

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