Times up, Jeremy! Corbyn dealt fatal blow as MP given no chance of returning to Labour

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The former Labour leader has been sitting as an independent MP since late 2020. He had the whip removed from him when he said the problem of antisemitism in Labour under his watch had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.

Allies have agitated for his re-acceptance to the parliamentary Labour Party ever since.

But new comments from those close to the party’s top brass suggest it will be impossible for Mr Corbyn to make a return – at least while Sir Keir Starmer is leader.

A source close to Sir Keir said there was “no chance” he would bring Mr Corbyn back.

The paper added that, according to this source, the former leader’s “time in the Labour Party was effectively over”.

Plans are being formulated to get Mr Corbyn off the scene, though many of these appear to be politically risky.

One would involve the party putting a candidate in a race against Mr Corbyn in his Islington North seat.

Few would be confident of their chances of beating the former leader in this area, however, which he has represented for just shy of 40 years.

Whatever their route, senior Labour figures have stressed they want to find a solution soon.

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Another insider told the Sunday Times: “We are determined to bring this to a head.

“The current position is not sustainable.”

Mr Corbyn, now 72, was suspended from Labour in October 2020 after he responded to an Equality and Human Rights Commission report into antisemitism in the party.

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He said: “One antisemite is one too many, but 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.

“That combination hurt Jewish people and must never be repeated. My sincere hope is that relations with Jewish communities can be rebuilt and those fears overcome.

“While I do not accept all of [the report’s] findings, I trust its recommendations will be swiftly implemented to help move on from this period.”

After Mr Corbyn released a second statement to “clear up any confusion”, he was reinstated to the party, but his ban from sitting as a Labour MP remained in place.

Among those who have backed Mr Corbyn’s full return is Labour MP Diane Abbott.

Responding to footage late last year she appeared to believe showed Sir Keir praising Mr Corbyn after he had the whip removed – whereas it was, in fact, recorded months earlier – she asked: “Why doesn’t he restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn and bring him back into the Parliamentary Labour Party?”

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