Labour: Jeremy Corbyn allies ‘consider challenging’ Keir Starmer

Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are ‘considering a challenge’ to Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership because Labour members are so ‘demoralised’

Ian Lavery, one of Mr Corbyn’s allies, claimed members were so ‘demoralised’ The former Labour leader’s 19-day suspension was lifted on Tuesday by a panelSir Keir did not restore whip, meaning he will continue sitting as independent MP

Sir Keir Starmer faces a leadership challenge if he continues to prevent Jeremy Corbyn sitting as a Labour MP, a former chairman of the party has warned.

Ian Lavery, one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies, claimed that members were so ‘demoralised’ that they are considering who would stand against Sir Keir.

Former party leader Mr Corbyn was suspended last month for claiming that anti-Semitism in Labour was ‘dramatically overstated for political reasons’.

His 19-day suspension was lifted on Tuesday by a panel of the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC).

Ian Lavery, one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies, has said that Sir Keir Starmer faces a leadership challenge if he continues to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from sitting as a Labour MP

But Sir Keir refused to restore the whip, meaning he must continue sitting as an independent MP.

There has been an outcry at the decision from Mr Corbyn’s supporters, and Mr Lavery said some were even discussing a leadership challenge.

‘People are scrambling now for the copies of the rule book to see what would be required if indeed it came to that stage,’ the Labour MP told Times Radio.

‘I don’t think there’s an appetite for a legal challenge but I think that it’s at that stage which I’m sure you’ve seen a time or two yourself when people and members are that demoralised that they might wish to at least understand how we can approach a potential leadership challenge.

‘People are not saying this is a regular topic in the tea room, it probably isn’t.

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