Jeremy Corbyn is told to apologize for his past comments about Labor’s anti-Semitism crisis… or stay banned for party whip
- Jeremy Corbyn said Labor’s anti-Semitism crisis was ‘exaggerated’ by opponents
- Corbyn was banned from the Labor Party but was let back as a party member
- Sir Keir Starmer said he must apologize to lift Labor whip suspension
Jeremy Corbyn will only get the party back if he apologizes for past comments about Labor’s anti-Semitism crisis, Sir Keir Starmer said yesterday.
The far-left former leader was suspended last year after saying the scale of the problem had been “dramatically overestimated for political reasons” by opponents and the media.
He was later reinstated as a party member, but he is still suspended from the Labor whip and sits in the House of Commons as an independent.
Yesterday, Mr Corbyn refused to rule out standing against his own party in the next election in his seat in Islington North.
And he denied being part of a “Machiavellian plot” to have a shadow cabinet resign to overshadow the Labor conference.
Jeremy Corbyn will only get the party back if he apologizes for past comments about Labor’s anti-Semitism crisis, Sir Keir Starmer said (pictured)
Corbyn’s ally Andy McDonald resigned on Monday, prompting Sir Keir’s allies to accuse the hard-left of ‘sabotage’.
Sir Keir told the BBC it was up to Mr Corbyn to apologise. He said the issue is “between Jeremy and the head whip.”
“It’s been going on for months and the ball is in Jeremy’s court. Jeremy was asked to apologize to delete the post that caused the problem and to work with us.”
Speaking at a fringe event in Brighton yesterday, Mr Corbyn again refused to apologise.
Asked if he could run as an independent in the next election, he said: “Let’s not get into hypothetical things here. For my part, I was proud to be elected a Labor MP in December 2019.
‘Since 1983 I have been elected ten times in my constituency. I love the area and do my best to represent all the people in my community.”
Corbyn admitted to having several conversations with shadow labor rights spokesman Mr McDonald on the same day, but said this was not a conspiracy.
“I was there to support Andy in whatever decision he made,” he said. “If it had been a deep-seated Machiavellian plot to announce a layoff…it would have been leaked weeks ago.”
Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) was suspended after saying the scale of Labor’s anti-Semitism problem by opponents and the media was ‘dramatically exaggerated for political reasons’
Mr McDonald resigned, saying the leadership had told him to argue against raising the minimum wage to £15 an hour.
Ian Murray, the moderate Scottish shadow secretary, said it looked like ‘planned sabotage’.
He said, ‘This was a policy, remember, that… [Mr McDonald] launched to much acclaim in the conference room 48 hours before he stepped down.’
Mr McDonald was due to appear at the same fringe event as Mr Corbyn, but Labor MP Barry Gardiner told the public he had chosen to return to London instead.
He said: ‘If [resigning] had been something he wanted to disturb rather than just a personal decision… he would have been here, he would have been great. I really think it’s wrong to try to say he was manipulative.”