Jeremy Corbyn will ‘never be Labour MP again’ due to Starmer’s rule changes
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The former Opposition party leader became MP for Islington North in 1983. During the 2019 general election, Mr Corbyn led the Labour Party to the worst election defeat since 1935. He stepped down as leader and was replaced by Sir Keir Starmer this year.
However, new procedural changes – which were approved by the party conference on Sunday – could embolden MPs to turn against their former leader, sources have claimed.
Shadow cabinet ministers said this will be important if MPs get the chance to ban Mr Corbyn from the Labour Party in the future.
One shadow cabinet minister told the Times: “In the run-up to 2019, loads of us had to spend months in our constituencies organising against being triggered.
“We’d have won 20 more seats if it wasn’t for that.”
Another added: “The trigger changes are the most important part of the rule changes.
“They finally free us up to face the country rather than thinking the whole time about our members.”
Other members of Sir Keir’s shadow cabinet believe the new rules will help bring a resolution to Mr Corbyn’s suspension from the Labour whip.
Another shadow cabinet member told The Times: “We have nailed the hard left into their coffin and there’s a lot of screaming because they know they’re not coming back to life.
“We’ve banished the monster.
“People can have the confidence to vote Labour knowing they’re not going to wake up and find Jeremy Corbyn is prime minister.
“MPs can now talk to the public without worrying what their maddest members think.
“Finally we focus outward.”
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The new rules will also make it harder for activists to trigger a deselection process for sitting MPs.
Mr Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party back in October following his response to an investigation into antisemitism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Responding to the report, Mr Corbyn claimed the scale of the antisemitism problem during his leadership was “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
Mr Corbyn was readmitted as a party member but his successor said he will not sit as a Labour MP in the House of Commons.
The party’s chief whip, Nick Brown, told the former leader he would lose his whip for at least three months allowing time for an investigation to take place.
Sir Keir said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the report “undermined our work in restoring trust” with the Jewish community.
He said: “I’m the leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
“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 antisemitism.
“In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.”
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