Bid to allow Jeremy Corbyn to stand as Labour candidate again is defeated

A bid to allow Jeremy Corbyn to stand as a Labour candidate at the next election despite the ongoing row over his stance on antisemitism has been defeated.

Supporters of the former leader – who remains suspended by the parliamentary party – attempted to change Labour rules to allow him to run because he is still a member.

One told the Liverpool conference it “would be a gift to the Greens, to the Lib Dems and the Tories” if Mr Corbyn is blocked and is forced to stand as an independent candidate or retire.

“If we don’t change the rules and Jeremy can’t stand for Labour at the next election, well that would just be a disaster for us frankly,” Peter Talbot, from his Islington North seat, claimed.

But the move was defeated heavily on a card vote by 62 per cent to 38 per cent, with both constituency parties and trade unions voting against it.

Mr Corbyn was suspended after he rejected a watchdog’s ruling that he failed to prevent antisemitism, instead blaming “an obstructive party bureaucracy” for failing to stamp it out.

Although he was reinstated to the party three weeks later by the National Executive Committee, Keir Starmer retained the block on him sitting as a Labour MP unless he retracted.

In August, Mr Corbyn condemned his continued exclusion as “an utter disgrace”, but showed no sign of backing down in an attempt to rescue his Labour career.

“I was suspended from membership of the Labour Party for a Facebook post that I put up that was actually a considered response to a significant report and document,” he argued.

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