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Jeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out running as independent candidate in Islington



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eremy Corbyn has refused to rule out running as an independent candidate at the next election if he is not reinstated to the Labour party.

At a packed Labour Party Conference event in Brighton’s Pryzm nightclub on Tuesday, Mr Corbyn — who has held the Islington North seat for Labour since 1983 — said he should be reinstated.

When asked whether he would stand as an independent at the next election, he added: “Let’s not go into hypotheticals here.

“As far as I’m concerned I was proud to be elected as a Labour MP in December 2019.

“I have been elected 10 times in my constituency since 1983. I love the area and do my best to represent all of the people in my community.”

Labour’s national executive committee lifted the suspension after Mr Corbyn issued a statement “clarifying” controversial remarks he made following the EHRC report.

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Pryzm nightclub

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Mr Corbyn had said anti- Semitism was “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media”.

In a “clarification”, which was accepted by the NEC, he later said claims of anti-Semitism had not been “exaggerated”.

But Keir Starmer and Labour HQ have refused to readmit him back into the party and restore the whip despite the NEC ruling.

“Yes, my membership of the party was suspended,” Mr Corbyn added. “An inquiry took place and I was reinstated.



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