Labour CIVIL WAR: Declaration of ‘no confidence’ in Starmer as Corbyn takes him to COURT
JEREMY CORBYN is to start legal action against the Labour party following Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to suspend the party whip.
Sir Keir reinstated the former leader back to the party but decided to withhold the whip until he apologises for comments made in regards to a report into Anti-Semitism allegations within Labour. Despite returning to the party, Mr Corbyn has not directly apologised for the claim that the report’s findings were overstated. Mr Corbyn’s lawyers lodged an application to the high court on Thursday evening.
Instead of apologising for his comments on the report’s findings, Mr Corbyn released a statement claiming he did not intend to cause offence from his comments following the end of his suspension.
It comes as a Labour constituency group passed a motion of “no confidence” in Mr Starmer over the row.
Representatives from Mr Corbyn’s legal team are attempting to release evidence a deal was made by representatives within the party.
They allege Sir Keir’s chief of staff, Morgan McSweeney, his deputy Simon Fletcher, Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey and former Shadow Cabinet member Jon Trickett met.
During two meetings – one in person and one on Zoom – the process around Mr Corbyn’s disciplinary process was formulated.
Jeremy Corbyn to start legal action
Keir Starmer served in Mr Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet
The Labour party has denied any agreement had been made on the outcome of Mr Corbyn’s departure.
A source said: “Any accusation that there was a deal or an attempt to determine the outcome of any disciplinary process is wrong.”
Mr Corbyn’s legal team also claimed Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner, Mr McSweeney, the Unite general secretary and Mr Trickett also met after the release of the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the former leader’s suspension.
This was also denied by the Labour party.
Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the party
An investigation is currently being undertaken by chief whip, Nick Brown.
This will take three months while the former leader has been told he must apologise for his comments regarding the report.
Last month, the EHRC released a 130-page report which found the party had been responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination during Mr Corbyn’s time as leader.
In the aftermath of the release, Mr Corbyn claimed the “scale of the problem” had been exaggerated.
An investigation is being carried out
Jeremy Corbyn said the accusation had been exaggerated
At the time, he said in a statement: “The scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”
He also vowed to contest the “political intervention” to suspend him.
Mr Corbyn was reinstated on November 17, but Sir Keir later stated his predecessor had undermined the work done in restoring trust with the Jewish community.
The problem has caused a split in the Labour party with some officials agreeing with how Sir Keir had handled the situation.
Allies to Mr Corbyn, such as former Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell stated the decision was wrong.
The Socialist Campaign Group, of which Mr Corbyn was a part of, had penned a statement calling for a reversal of the decision.
And tonight two Momentum-led Labour Party groups in London turned against the leader in a furious backlash at Mr Corbyn’s treatment.
Hackney South and Shoreditch group voted “no confidence” in the current Labour leadership.
A statement released by Hackney South’s Labour Party group said Mr Starmer had “demonstrated he is unfit to lead and manage the Labour Party at this time when people desperately need a unified party to take on the conservatives with bold socialist policies”.
In a statement defending his actions against Mr Corbyn, Sir Keir said, however: “I have made it my mission to root out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party.
John McDonnell called for a reversal of the decision
“I know that I will be judged on my actions, not my words.
“The disciplinary process does not have the confidence of the Jewish community.
“Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle Anti-Semitism.”
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