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Jewish constituents of Corbyn demand restoration of Labour whip three months after its withdrawal

TWO Jewish constituents of Jeremy Corbyn have written to the Labour leadership to demand the party whip be restored to their MP three months after it was withdrawn.

Tomorrow marks three months since Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer withdrew the whip from his predecessor.

Islington North constituency Labour Party (CLP) members David Rosenberg and Julia Bard wrote to Sir Keir and deputy leader Angela Rayner to call for the “immediate restoration” of the whip to their “exemplary” MP.

Mr Rosenberg and Ms Bard described themselves as “Jews who have been combating and educating people about anti-semitism over decades (including being educators on trips to Auschwitz).”

They said that they were “dismayed by the injustice” of Mr Corbyn having the whip withdrawn on the same day his three-week suspension was lifted in November.

It was reported in November that the withdrawal of the whip would be in place for at least three months.

Mr Corbyn is considering legal action against Labour that could see him seek an injunction to restore the whip immediately.

He was suspended by party officials in October for claiming that the scale of anti-semitism in Labour was “dramatically overstated for political reasons” after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published its report on the allegations.

Despite a panel of the party’s national executive committee deciding to readmit Mr Corbyn after he clarified his statement, Sir Keir refused to restore the whip, ignoring a warning by the EHRC against political interference in such cases.

Mr Rosenberg and Ms Bard wrote that they “sympathise strongly” with Mr Corbyn’s criticism of the political and media commentary relating to the EHRC report. 

They also criticised the party HQ’s “absurd” punishment of suspending CLP chairs and members for discussing and passing pro-Corbyn and pro-Palestine motions.

It comes as a researcher who was suspended from Labour before he resigned from the party is set to reveal results of his survey into a “monstrous mass purge” of members.

Dr Neil Todd has been researching party members and CLP officers suspended and expelled since Sir Keir became leader.

He said: “Whether it’s Jeremy Corbyn or ordinary members, the purge is sending out a message that Israel and anti-semitism are intertwined, and topics which are not for discussion.”

The Labour in Exile Network group will be hosting an online event at which Dr Todd will reveal his findings at 7pm on Saturday February 20.

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