Jeremy Corbyn is not going to have the Labour whip restored whereas he continues to affiliate with the Stop the War coalition, Keir Starmer has urged, saying it was “very clear” those that needed to be Labour MPs needed to be supporters of Nato and reject “false equivalence” between Nato and Russian aggression.
Starmer has beforehand urged Corbyn could also be allowed to return to sitting as a Labour MP if he apologises for a press release made within the wake of the equalities’ watchdog report into antisemitism. But talking to the Guardian on Monday, the Labour chief urged there was now an even bigger impediment to his return.
“Amongst the very clear changes of the Labour party that I’ve made, one is our approach on antisemitism, where I said I would tear it out by the roots. And that obviously led to the whip being removed from Jeremy Corbyn because of his response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission,” he mentioned.
“And the other is to say there is no place in the Labour party for this false equivalence between Russian aggression and Nato, which is why the chief whip wrote letters to the Labour MPs on both those issues. I couldn’t be clearer about the Labour party that I lead.”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine prompted Labour’s chief whip to put in writing to all Labour MPs who had signed a Stop the War assertion, warning them of disciplinary motion if they didn’t withdraw their names.
The former shadow cupboard ministers Diane Abbott and John McDonnell, key Corbyn allies, additionally withdrew from a Stop the War rally.
Corbyn signed the assertion and spoke on the rally. The movement urged Nato to “call a halt to its eastward expansion” and accused the UK authorities of “sabre-rattling” over Ukraine. He has since informed Jacobin he’s “horrified at the war in Ukraine, horrified at the loss of life”, however defended Stop the War, saying there was “no evidence that they’ve done anything other than stand up for peace around the world”.
Pressed on whether or not that meant Corbyn couldn’t return till he too had disavowed his affiliation with Stop the War, Starmer mentioned that nobody “should be in any doubt” about the place Labour stood on each these points, “on our unshakable support for Nato and on tearing out antisemitism”.
He mentioned they have been “very clear” requisites for being a Labour MP. “That’s the Labour party I lead.”
There have been non-public efforts by some leftwing MPs to convey a decision to Corbyn’s suspension in current months, which might have included the provide of an additional apology, however sources on each side have mentioned efforts have reached an deadlock.
Though Corbyn has been readmitted as a Labour member, Starmer has not allowed him to take the Labour whip, that means he can not sit as a Labour MP.
In a letter from the chief whip, Corbyn had been informed he should decide to supporting the get together’s efforts to adjust to suggestions by the watchdog and apologise unequivocally for statements made after the crucial report.
Allies of the previous Labour chief have beforehand urged they don’t consider Starmer’s workplace was ready to have discussions in good religion and declare a deal that was negotiated to readmit him after a clarifying assertion was by no means upheld.