Former leader of Britain’s largest opposition Labor party, Jeremy Corbyn, is no longer allowed to represent his party in parliament. His successor Keir Starmer decided that on Wednesday. Corbyn is under fire in a lingering anti-Semitic riot within the party.
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Corbyn must now continue as a non-party member of the House of Commons.
Starmer made it clear via Twitter that he is not happy with recent comments from the 71-year-old former leader. “Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHCR report undermined and sabotaged our work to restore confidence in Labor’s ability to tackle anti-Semitism,” the party leader wrote Monday.
Starmer referred to a critical report on anti-Semitism within the party, especially on the left wing, against which the party leadership did little. After the publication late last month, Corbyn said his opponents were exaggerating the magnitude of the problem.
The party then decided to suspend Corbyn as a member, but he was re-admitted less than three weeks later. That sparked anger on the right wing of the party, to which Starmer belongs.
On the left, Corbyn still enjoys a lot of support. He resigned after the massive electoral defeat at the end of last year, but much of the party’s activist apparatus regretted his departure.
The lingering anti-Semitic gland brings the contradictions within Labor to the surface. Current party leader Starmer has made tackling anti-Semitism one of the spearheads of his leadership agenda.