Corbyn accuses Starmer of trying to “shut down debate”


Jeremy Corbyn has accused Sir Keir Starmer of trying to “end the debate” ahead of the party’s annual conference, which begins this weekend.

Corbyn, who still sits as an independent MP in the House of Commons after Sir Keir refused to reinstate the former party leader’s whip due to comments about anti-Semitism, will attend the conference in Brighton.

The party had previously confirmed that it would be allowed to address fringe events.

But ahead of the event, which runs through Wednesday, Corbyn said it seemed under current leadership “Labor is supporting rather than questioning our broken political and economic system“.

“Work sustains the system”

A spokesperson for Corbyn previously told HuffPost he would participate in his capacity as “a leading advocate for peace and justice, including on the need to tackle climate change, the lessons of 20 years of war against terrorism and the defense of workers. rights”.

Corbyn, who remains a member of the Labor Party, said: ‘At the conference I hope to hear how the Labor Party will introduce a wealth tax to fund a national care service like the NHS, take the drastic steps needed to decarbonize by 2030, oppose the drumbeat of a new cold war, and curb the rampant wealth and power of a tiny elite.

He said: “I know that our unions and our members have developed these policies, but the signs are showing that the party leadership wants to try to end the debate, to sideline the members and the unions, with the end result. which the Labor Party supports rather than contests. our broken political and economic system.

It comes as Sir Keir is expected to propose that the one member, one vote (OMOV) system that elects the leader of the Labor Party be replaced with a return to the constituency made up of unions and affiliates, MPs and party members.

“Our rules as they are now focus us on ourselves to spend too much time talking with and about ourselves, and they weaken the bond with our unions,” said Sir Keir.

“These are two things that have to change if we are serious about winning the next election.”

“Our movement has the answers”

The Labor leader is supposed to favor the three parts of the Electoral College with an equal share of the vote.

The decision to reduce the weight of members’ votes has sparked fury from the Labor left, with warnings of a new “civil war”.

Corbyn said: “The conference is the most important event on the Labor Party calendar.

“This is the time for our movement to come together to decide our goals and priorities and this is our best chance outside of an election to tell the British people what we stand for and what we will do in government.

“We meet at a time of great change and crisis, perhaps more important than at any time in my 50 plus years of party membership.

“Our movement has the answers to the big questions of the time – inequality, the climate crisis and the pandemic – but our leaders are failing to listen and bring those solutions to the forefront. “

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