Labour row: party ‘breached Corbyn deal’
High Court is told of ‘agreement’ to reinstate Islington North MP to Parliamentary Labour Party
22 January, 2021 — By Calum Fraser
Former leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party last year
JEREMY Corbyn’s suspension from the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) breached an agreement to reinstate him, the Islington North MP’s legal team told the High Court.
An application for forced disclosure of documents, which Mr Corbyn’s lawyers believe could prove there was a deal between the former leader and the Labour Party to have him reinstated, was heard on Monday.
Mr Corbyn was suspended from the party last year following comments he made in the wake of a report into antisemitism during his time as leader, but a disciplinary panel of Labour’s ruling body later decided to reinstate his membership.
However, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer then decided to block him from rejoining the PLP.
Rachel Crasnow QC, representing the Labour Party, said there was “no agreement” between Mr Starmer’s and Mr Corbyn’s teams implying he would be readmitted into the PLP after he released a statement clarifying earlier comments he had made.
If Mr Corbyn’s team can prove there was an agreement then it would strengthen his legal case that his suspension from the PLP was in breach of a contract which could then force the Labour leadership to reinstate him.
If he is not readmitted, Mr Corbyn will not be able to stand for the Labour Party in Islington North, which he has represented for almost 30 years, in the next general election.
Judge Lisa Sullivan told the hearing that she will deliver her verdict at a later date.