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


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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