Jeremy Corbyn could establish political party to rival Labour in blow to Sir Keir Starmer
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Ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, 72, could upgrade his Peace & Justice Project Charity into a political party under plans to run on the ticket at the next election, the Telegraph claims. It is claimed Mr Corbyn is contemplating the move after privately accepting he will not be reinstated as a Labour MP, despite representing the party in the Commons since 1983.
Mr Corbyn lost his place as a Labour MP after saying allegations of anti-Semitism inside the party were “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.
Sir Keir Starmer, 59, has said he will only readmit Mr Corbyn if he publicly apologises for his comments.
A source close to Southside said “the ball is in [Corbyn’s] court”.
It is understood many in Mr Corbyn’s inner circle, including his wife Laura Alvarez, support the move.
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The broadsheet also reports the left-wing party could attract support from MPs inside the Labour Party, especially among those disaffected with Starmer’s leadership.
However, ex-Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, 70, and former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, 68, are reported not to be interested in leaving Labour.
Despite the reports, a close ally to Mr Corbyn claimed there are yet to be “advanced talks”.
The Islington North MP’s spokesman simply added Corbyn “wants to see a Labour Party and Government that is serious about shifting wealth and power from the few to the many”.
But it has been reported Mr Corbyn could increase the Peace & Justice Project’s activities over the next year.
The former Labour leader could even supposedly be in talks to write a book.
George Galloway, 67, was the last ex-Labour MP to return to the Commons as a standalone member of a much smaller party.
Mr Galloway left Labour for Respect and won the seat of Bethnal Green & Bow in 2005.
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The Eurosceptic ex-MP then won in the Bradford West by-election in 2012 after finishing in a distant third at Poplar & Limehouse two-years earlier.
Former Labour MPs who sought re-election with Change UK, including Mike Gapes, 69, and Chris Leslie, 49, failed to return to the Commons in 2019.
The news comes after it was revealed Labour could put forward ex-Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, 54, against Mr Corbyn in Islington North.
Ms Creagh, who said Corbyn’s “leadership and failure to tackle anti-Semitism [and] bullying in our party” cost her clinging onto the Brexit-backing Yorkshire seat, is among the frontrunners who could try to overturn the former leader’s 26,188-vote majority.
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