Jeremy Corbyn's allies are considering challenging Sir Keir Starmer's leadership because Labor members are so "demoralized".
- Ian Lavery, one of Mr Corbyn's allies, claimed the members were so "demoralized".
- The former Labor leader's 19-day suspension was lifted by a body on Tuesday
- Sir Keir did not restore the whip, which means he will continue to sit as an independent MP
Sir Keir Starmer faces a leadership challenge if he continues to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from sitting as a Labor MP, a former party leader warned.
Ian Lavery, one of Mr Corbyn's closest allies, claimed the members were so "demoralized" that they were considering who would stand against Sir Keir.
Former party leader Corbyn was suspended last month for claiming anti-Semitism at work was "dramatically overrated for political reasons."
His 19-day suspension was lifted Tuesday by a panel of the party's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC).
Ian Lavery, one of Mr Corbyn's closest allies, said Sir Keir Starmer faces a leadership challenge if he continues to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from sitting as a Labor MP
But Sir Keir refused to restore the whip, which meant he had to continue to sit as an independent MP.
The decision by Mr Corbyn's supporters sparked an outcry, and Mr Lavery said some were even discussing a leadership challenge.
"People are now looking for the copies of the rulebook to see what would be required if it actually got to that point," the Labor MP told Times Radio.
“I don't think there's an appetite for legal challenge, but I think that at this stage you've probably seen for yourself a time or two when people and members are so demoralized that they may at least want to understand as we do approach a potential leadership challenge.
“People don't say this is a regular tea room topic, probably not.
“I will say that people are now wondering how and who would stand up to Keir Starmer if a decision were made.
“I think it's way too early. I would prefer Keir Starmer only to focus on attacking the Tories, re-admitting Jeremy to the party, and moving us forward as a unified party. & # 39;
Mr Lavery is seen as a prime candidate for a challenge by allies, but denied that he would be pursuing this at the moment.
Commenting on the HuffPost news website, he also accused Sir Keir of "pursuing personal and political vengeance" against his predecessor and of turning the party into a "Tinpot dictatorship".
Sir Keir refused to restore Mr Coybyn's whip, which means he must continue to sit as an independent MP
Meanwhile, a Labor peer resigned from the party yesterday after addressing anti-Semitism and the readmission of Mr Corbyn for nearly 50 years.
Lord Desai, an economist who was peer-nominated in 1991, wrote to The Times: “I felt very uncomfortable and a little ashamed that the party was injected with this type of racism.
Jewish MPs were openly abused and female members were trolled. It's outright racism. & # 39;
Gideon Falter, Executive Director of Campaign Against Antisemitism, responded to Lord Desai's resignation: "It is a brave decision that reminds us of those MPs and colleagues who resigned from the party in disgust under Jeremy Corbyn."
Mr Corbyn instructed attorneys Thursday to initiate proceedings against his party after Sir Keir refused to return the whip.
Nick Brown, Labour's chief whip, told him he will be suspended for three months – and after that he could return depending on his behavior as a Labor MP.
Mr Corbyn has been suspended for comments he made in response to a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) finding that Labor had unlawfully discriminated against Jewish members.
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