Corbyn backers walk out of leadership meet to protest suspension

Members of the leftist flank of the UK’s Labour party have staged a protest walkout during a virtual meeting of the National Executive Committee to protest party leader Keir Starmer refusing to allow former head Jeremy Corbyn to join Labour’s parliamentary bloc, the Guardian reports.

Corbyn was booted from Labour by Starmer earlier this year over remarks downplaying the extent of anti-Semitism within the party. Starmer allowed Corbyn back into Labour nearly three weeks later, but has refused to restore the whip to him pending a probe, essentially blocking him from joining the party’s parliamentary bloc.

The Guardian reports that 13 members of the NEC walked out virtually to protest the party’s treatment of Corbyn, who was hounded for years by accusations of allowing anti-Semitism to fester in the party. The party has since attempted to repair its relationship with the Jewish community.

The 13 say they do not intend to resign their positions on the NEC and will return to the next meeting.