Jeremy Corbyn has been kicked out of the Labour Party after the National Executive Committee (NEC) approved the Labour leader’s Sir Keir Starmer’s motion to stop him running to be an MP at the next election.
The NEC blocked Corbyn’s candidacy in a vote 22 -12 and the NEC said in a statement “Mr Corbyn will not be endorsed by the NEC as a candidate on behalf of the Labour Party at the next general election.”
Corbyn will now be written to by the General Secretary of the Labour Party to inform him that he will not be allowed to be a candidate at the next general election.
Labour’s NEC said, “in order to effect the NEC’s primary purpose to maximise the Labour Party’s prospects of winning the next general election, and to avoid any detrimental impact on the Labour Party’s standing with the electorate in the country as a whole”.
“The Labour Party’s interests, and its political interests at the next general election, are not well served by Mr Corbyn running as a Labour Party candidate.”
Corbyn’s former constituency Labour Party in Islington North said responding to the NEC vote and cited Keir Starmer’s own words from February 2020, when he said, “local party members should select their candidates for every election.”
They added, “we reject the NEC’s undue interference in Islington North, which undermines their goal of defeating the Conservatives and working with our communities for social justice.”
Corbyn’s former Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, said, “there are no legitimate grounds for barring Jeremy Corbyn” from the Labour Party.
Corbyn’s former Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, said the move to block him is “ridiculously flimsy, without logic or precedent.”
Abbott added, “The decision to bar Jeremy Corbyn on the grounds he lost the 2019 election is ridiculously flimsy, without logic or precedent.
“On that basis, many other Labour leaders would also be barred.”