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UK Labour sources: ‘Toxic’ Corbyn will never be allowed to represent party again

Former Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the media on the coronavirus, outside the Finsbury Park Jobcentre, in north London, March 15, 2020. (Hollie Adams/PA via AP)
Former Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the media on the coronavirus, outside the Finsbury Park Jobcentre, in north London, March 15, 2020. (Hollie Adams/PA via AP)

Senior UK Labour party officials tell the Guardian newspaper that former party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is currently suspended from the party, will never be allowed to run as a Labour MP again, even if he apologizes and is reinstated.

Labour under Corbyn’s leadership was accused of allowing antisemitism to fester within its ranks, and Corbyn himself was accused of various displays of antisemitism.

A UK government investigation into antisemitism in the party in 2020 found that equality laws were broken and the party under Corbyn was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.”

Labour suspended Corbyn following his response to the damning report. He had said he didn’t accept all of its findings and asserted that “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.”

However, party sources tell the Guardian that even if Corbyn does apologize “unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation” the leadership would likely refuse to let him return.

“Jeremy Corbyn is never getting back in. He would be toxic to our chances of winning back some of the seats we need to win back,” the paper quotes a senior official as saying.

This would mean that if Corbyn wants to run again, he will have to do so as an independent.

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