It’s one year without the whip for Corbyn
Islington group cycles from Highbury Corner to Parliament Square in support of MP
19 November, 2021 — By Anna Lamche
Mr Corbyn was suspended by Labour following his response to a report into antisemitism within the party
SUPPORTERS of Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn staged protests last night (Thursday) to mark the one-year anniversary of the day he lost the Labour Party whip.
The Islington Friends of Jeremy Corbyn (IFJC) assembled at Highbury Corner before going on to Parliament Square to participate in a “Cycle4Corbyn” demonstration.
The group also organised a 7pm “Twitter storm” with a mass demand to bring him back into the party fold.
Mr Corbyn, 72, was suspended from the Labour Party following his response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into antisemitism within the party.
The Commission said it had found evidence of anti-semitic discrimination and harassment and that the party had failed to do enough to prevent it from happening.
The former Labour leader had said: “One antisemite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.
“That combination hurt Jewish people and must never be repeated. My sincere hope is that relations with Jewish communities can be rebuilt and those fears overcome.”
Mr Corbyn said he did not accept all of the EHRC’s findings. He was later reinstated, but current leader Sir Keir Starmer then withdrew the whip – meaning Mr Corbyn sits as an independent in the House of Commons.
Nick Brown, who was at that time Labour’s chief whip, said there would be an initial three month suspension followed by a review but his case has still not been resolved.
An IFJC spokesperson said: “The unjustified withdrawal of the whip is a continuing insult to all his constituents, but particularly for the 34,603 Islington North residents who gave him an overwhelming majority at the last General Election to be their Labour Member for Parliament.”
They added: “Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, has continued to support and represent everyone in the constituency diligently, despite the restrictions placed on him.
“He has, as always, addressed the diverse and difficult problems people face in this north London community – problems that have grown more acute during the pandemic.”
Mr Corbyn stepped down as leader after defeat in the 2019 general election.
“Islington Friends of Jeremy Corbyn speaks for huge numbers of people, both within the constituency of Islington North and across the country, in demanding his immediate reinstatement to the Parliamentary Party so he can represent, without hindrance,” the IFJC’s spokesperson added this week.
During the recent Labour Party conference in Brighton, Mr Starmer called on Mr Corbyn to apologise for his 2020 statement.
“It has been going on for months and the ball is in Jeremy’s court,” Mr Starmer said. “Jeremy was asked to apologise, to take down the post that caused the problem in the first place and to work with us.”