ISLINGTON FRIENDS OF JEREMY CORBYN
On 17th November 2020, Jeremy Corbyn MP was reinstated into the Labour Party by the Party’s National Executive Committee following his unjust suspension. The following day, Keir Starmer withdrew the Labour whip from our popular, hardworking and respected MP for Islington North, with a promise from Nick Brown, then Labour Chief Whip, that this would be reviewed within three months. Over two years on, without reference to any recognised rules or process, Corbyn’s suspension from the Parliamentary Party has not been reviewed and nor has he been reinstated.
The unjustified withdrawal of the whip is a continuing insult to all his constituents, but particularly for the 34,603 Islington North residents who gave him an overwhelming majority at the last General Election to be their Labour Member of Parliament.
Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, has continued to support and represent everyone in the constituency diligently, despite the restrictions placed on him. He has, as always, addressed the diverse and difficult problems people face in this north London community – problems that have grown more acute during the pandemic, under a government which is overseeing growing inequality and rising poverty.
Islington Friends of Jeremy Corbyn is an independent group which speaks for the many, many people, within and way beyond Islington, both Labour Party members and others. We demand his immediate reinstatement to the Parliamentary Party so he can represent, without hindrance, the constituency that overwhelmingly elected him to office and can continue to make a significant political contribution to the UK as a whole.
In Islington North, there is anger and confusion about the unfair removal of the Labour whip from Jeremy Corbyn and a strong local campaign to have it restored. Regardless of this injustice, Jeremy Corbyn has continued to advocate courageously for his constituents with practical help now and for the changes needed to tackle the factors holding people back in Islington North and elsewhere in the UK. He has worked all of his political life supporting anti-racism, anti-imperialism, anti-corruption, LGBT+ rights, climate justice and Trade Union rights.
In Parliament, he served on the Social Security Committee (1992-2007), the London Regional Select Committee (2009-2010) and the Justice Committee (2011-2015). He is currently a member of the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe, the UK Socialist Campaign Group, and a regular participant at the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva), Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Vice President), and Chagos Islands All Party Parliamentary Group (Honorary President), and a Vice president of the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
His efforts for peace and justice have have been widely recognised internationally. In 2013 he was awarded the Gandhi International Peace Award and in 2017 he was received the Sean McBride Peace Prize.