As the left plots an anti-Starmer uprising, Jeremy Corbyn could be reinstalled as a Labour MP.
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are planning to have him re-elected as a Labour MP at the party’s upcoming conference in Brighton.
In response to comments he made after a major study into anti-Semitism within the Labour Party was published, Sir Keir Starmer withdrew the former Labour leader’s whip.
Mr. Corbyn’s Labour Party membership was also momentarily revoked, although it was restored after 19 days.
Corbynites are trying to approve a proposal at Labour’s annual conference next month that would allow Mr Corbyn to reclaim the leadership.
According to The Guardian, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy is circulating a draft that would give party members the last word on disciplinary proceedings.
Local Labour Party branches are being asked to back the plan, which could be put to a vote at the party’s annual conference.
The reform would “require the PLP [Parliamentary Labour Party] and chief whip to report directly to the conference, including on MPs’ discipline, with the conference able to affirm or reject disciplinary decisions that are of concern to delegates,” according to the proposal.
Some Labour insiders, however, are incensed, fearing that it would create turmoil surrounding sensitive topics such as sexual harassment.
“The last thing we need is a regulation change that might lead to second guessing the outcome of bullying and sexual harassment investigations or debate about particular disciplinary proceedings,” Labour MP Charlotte Nichols said.
“This is not how our complaints system should operate, and it should be rejected if it is brought to the conference floor.” If the plan is brought to the conference floor and adopted, it will be a major embarrassment to Sir Keir.
A study on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party was published by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last year.
Labour had broken the Equalities Act in two cases, according to the report, and could have handled situations more successfully “if the leadership had decided to do so.”
“We identified specific cases of harassment, discrimination, and political meddling in our evidence,” the document read.
“But equally concerning was a lack of leadership within the Labour party on these issues, which is difficult to reconcile with the party’s stated commitment to a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism.” In response to the report, Mr Corbyn claimed that Labour anti-Semitism was “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents.”
This incensed Sir Keir, who had apologized to the Jewish community in the United Kingdom and regarded the report’s publishing as. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”