Labour in fresh turmoil as Starmer refuses to restore whip to Corbyn

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Backlash as allies of former leader claim there was a private deal to let matter drop

Labour was plunged into fresh turmoil on Wednesday after Keir Starmer refused to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn, despite what Corbyn’s allies claim was a private deal to do so.

Faced with the prospect that at least one senior Jewish MP – Margaret Hodge – could quit the party in protest at Corbyn’s return to the fold, Starmer issued a strongly worded statement saying he would not welcome his predecessor back into the parliamentary party.

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