Ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had his suspension lifted – but has not had the whip restored (Image: Getty Images)

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The left-wing revolt against Keir Starmer in the wake of his decision not to return the whip to Jeremy Cobyn reached new heights yesterday when a union threatened to disaffiliate from the party.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union on Friday issued a strongly worded statement announcing a consultation with members on ending its relationship with the Labour party.

In a blog post  titled 'Who Exactly Are Labour Representing?' Bakers' union president Ian Hodson said accused the current party leadership of "a clear agenda to alienate any MP considered to be supportive of socialism and move them to the backbenches".

On the question of Mr Corbyn's suspension from the parliamentary party, it adds: "The move by the leadership to both suspend and then overturn an executive decision relating to former leader Jeremy Corbyn, was a disgraceful act that has only served to anger and disillusion a large number of party members and activists"

His statement also refers to recent Labour abstentions on parliamentary votes, such as the covert human intelligence sources (criminal conduct) ‘spy cops’ bill that led to 34 Labour MPs including several frontbenchers breaking the whip.

The campaigning union is seen as being on the party's left wing
(Image: REX/Shutterstock)

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Mr Hodson added: "Today, we feel further away from having a political voice than ever.

"This being the case, at its recent meeting (ahead of any motions to Annual Conference to disaffiliate) our Executive felt that we should conduct a consultation with our membership.

"This will ensure that we are fully informed and mandated ahead of any decision to remain or leave the Labour Party."

The consultation is expected to be in January 2021.

It comes after the Mirror reported that union Senior figures other left-wing unions said they would push to slash the amount of funding given to the party to fight the elections next May unless Mr Corbyn had the whip reinstated.

Unite slashed its cash to the party by 10% in October citing concerns over the party's direction under Mr Starmer.

A series of party insiders told the Mirror that the party's election war chest severely depleted after the cost of the 2019 election and the heavy cost of settling defamation cases brought against them by seven former employees in the wake of a Panorama investigation into its handling of antisemitism.