Keir Starmer doesn't rule out pitting candidate against Jeremy Corbyn -'No hierarchy here'

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Sir Keir Starmer, 59, who has served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2020, has signalled he is not opposed to putting forward a candidate in Mr Corbyn’s seat at the next election. Mr Corbyn, 72, is still suspended from Labour after his reaction to a damning report on handling of allegations of anti-Jewish hate within the party’s ranks in October 2020.

Mr Starmer has spoken out about anti-Semitism within Labour and said he plans on “tearing it out of the party by the roots in my acceptance speech”.

The Labour leader told the Mirror: “We have been doing that and we have made progress on it.”

When asked if Mr Starmer would place a Labour candidate in Mr Corbyn’s seat, the Labour leader was open to the possibility.

He said: “Well, Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have a Labour whip at the moment.

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Mr Starmer continued to state he plans on rooting out Islamophobia and takes the matter just as seriously as anti-Jewish hate.

He said: “There is absolutely no hierarchy here.

“We have to root out Islamophobia in just the same way as we’d have to root out anti-Semitism.

“And we do it with the same determination and energy.

“And I’m absolutely as prepared to take tough decisions on Islamophobia as I am on anti-Semitism.”

 



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