LBC: Keir Starmer denies Jeremy Corbyn is a friend
Jeremy Corbyn was invited to speak as a guest of honour at an official event organised by the Labour Party last night, despite Sir Keir Starmer’s attempts to distance himself from his predecessor.
Today Jeremy Corbyn shared a photo of him speaking at a “local meeting” to “show solidarity with refugees and migrants”.
He was pictured in front of a large ‘Islington North Labour Party’ banner.
A separate tweet from the Islington North Labour Branch made clear it had been organised by them, and a poster on their Facebook page highlighted him as one of the invited speakers.
The poster clarified it had been “organised by Islington North Labour”.
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As Mr Corbyn hasn’t been suspended as a member of the Labour Party, he is entitled to attend such events.
However his invitation to speak suggests the Labour leader is struggling to fully banish him, despite concerns his association will damage the party’s hopes at the next election.
Responding to the revelation of Mr Corbyn’s continuing involvement with official Labour events, a Conservative spokesperson told the Express: “This has the makings of yet another Slippery Starmer flip flop”.
“First he wanted Corbyn in No10, then he said they weren’t friends, and now Starmer’s local Labour party is boasting about hosting Corbyn at their events.
“Sir Keir needs to make up his mind on the Member for Islington North – is he friend or foe?”
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Islington North CLP said there had been a “Great turn out for our public meeting on refugees and migrants rights this evening, with powerful reminder of the richness of our diversity”.
Keir Starmer moved to block Mr Corbyn from standing as a Labour MP in March, through a resolution at the party’s National Executive Committee.
Sir Keir’s motion argued Labour’s “standing with the electorate in the country” will be “significantly diminished” if Jeremy Corbyn were allowed to stand as an MP.
Mr Corbyn was suspended as a Labour MP by Keir Starmer in 2020, after responding to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission report into Labour’s antisemitism problem by saying the cases had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
The former Labour leader, who led the party to its worst defeat since 1935, is yet to confirm rumours he will stand against Labour as an independent candidate – either at the General Election or the London mayoral election.
Labour was contacted for comment.
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