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Jeremy Corbyn will not be readmitted to Labour's Parliamentary Party despite being allowed back into the party, Keir Starmer has said.

The ex-Labour leader has not been readmitted as a Labour MP despite a disciplinary panel lifting the suspension of his party membership.

The decision not to restore the whip to Mr Corbyn was made by his successor as party leader and the chief whip, Nick Brown.

Mr Corbyn’s supporters had insisted party rules meant he should be automatically readmitted.

A simmering civil war between Labour's new leadership and allies of Mr Corbyn is now likely to reach new heights.

Mr Starmer said he would not restore the Labour whip to Mr Corbyn because of a lack of confidence in the party's disciplinary processes.

Jeremy Corbyn

In a statement Mr Starmer said: “Since I was elected Labour leader, I have made it my mission to root out antisemitism from the Labour Party.

“I know that I will judged on my actions, not my words.

“The disciplinary process does not have the confidence of the Jewish community. That became clear once again yesterday.

“It is the task of my leadership to fix what I have inherited. That is what I am resolute in doing and I have asked for an independent process to be established as soon as possible.

“I’m the Leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

“ Jeremy Corbyn ’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party's ability to tackle antisemitism.

“In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.”

Mr Corbyn was suspended from the party, and had the whip withdrawn, after he claimed that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party was “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by opponents and “much of the media".


The former opposition leader later sought to clarify the remarks, in a statement.

Mr Corbyn initially claimed that while “one anti-Semite is one too many” 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”.

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He was suspended for those comments and Mr Keir said people who believed it was “exaggerated, or a factional attack” were “part of the problem” and “should be nowhere near the Labour Party either”.

But Mr Corbyn acknowledged ahead of a meeting of the NEC disputes committee on Tuesday that concerns around anti-Semitism in Labour were not “exaggerated”.

He revealed he had given a statement to the party in an attempt to “clear up any confusion” over his initial response and a broadcast interview given in the wake of the report.