Corbyn will be blocked as a Labor candidate in the next election

Jeremy Corbyn is scheduled to be barred from running as a Labor candidate in the next general election, and Sir Keir Starmer will table a motion confirming the move at a meeting of the party’s governing body.

The Labor leader will propose a motion that will make it clear that the National Executive Committee will not back Corbyn in the upcoming election, which is expected in around 18 months.

Sir Keir ruled out the left-wing veteran running for Labor again last month, as he insisted the party has undergone a transformation under his leadership.

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Sir Keir Starmer has said that the Labor Party has undergone a transformation under his leadership (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The motion, which the NEC is expected to endorse at a meeting on Tuesday, says the Islington North MP “will not be endorsed by the NEC as a candidate on behalf of the Labor Party at the next general election.”

A senior Labor source said: “Keir Starmer has made it clear that Jeremy Corbyn will not be a Labor candidate at the next general election. The Labor Party is now unrecognizable from the one it lost in 2019.

“Tuesday’s vote will confirm this and ensure we can focus on our five missions to build a better Britain.”

Corbyn and his allies condemned the move at the time, calling it a “blatant attack” on democracy.

The former leader insisted it was up to members of the North London constituency to choose their candidate.

“Any attempt to block my candidacy is a denial of due process, and anyone who believes in the value of democracy should oppose it,” he said last month.

Sir Keir ruled out Corbyn running for Labor again following the announcement that the Human Rights and Equality Commission had decided to pull the party out of two years of special measures for its failures on anti-Semitism under Corbyn.

He is currently sitting in the House of Commons as an independent after he was suspended from the parliamentary party for his response to EHRC’s damning report in 2020 which found Labor had breached the equality law.

The parliamentarian, who still retains support within the party and in his constituency, could now be left with the option of running as an independent candidate in the seat.


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