UK - Keir Starmer set to expel 1,000 far left Labour members in four ‘poisonous’ groups

Keir Starmer (Image: PA)
Keir Starmer is preparing to purge far left Labour members part of "poisonous" campaign groups in a bold confrontation with operators loyal to Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour 's ruling National Executive Committee will be asked to proscribe four "toxic" organisations which promote communism, claim antisemitism allegations are overblown and demand whips restore Mr Corbyn as a Labour MP.

Those to be banned include Resist and Labour Against the Witchhunt, which claim antisemitism allegations were politically motivated, and Labour In Exile, which expressly welcomes expelled or suspended members.

The openly communist Socialist Appeal will also become a forbidden group.

The Mirror understands anyone found to be a member of any group will be automatic expelled from the Labour Party.

The plans on the agenda at the NEC meeting on Tuesday are expected to pass and more than 1,000 members could be "auto-excluded" as a result.

One Labour source said: "Under Corbyn those from the far left fringes with poisonous beliefs and warped world-views were welcomed into the party. Keir is right to stamp out antisemitism and toxic extremism and get the party back into the decent mainstream of Labour values.

"We need to be fighting to form the next government and that means cleaning out the stable."

High-profile MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, are not thought to be members of any of the groups.

The move sets the stage for factional warfare at the Labour Party conference in Brighton as Mr Starmer attempts to stamp his authority on the party.

Mr McDonnell was among those who reacted to the news, tweeting: "Standard Blairite fare to try show how strong a leader you are by taking on your own party but bizarre to do it by expelling people, most of whom have left already.

"Looks desperate when what is needed is restoration of whip to Jeremy Corbyn, publication of Ford & taking on Tories."

A Labour spokesman said: “Labour is a broad, welcoming and democratic party and we are committed to ensuring it stays that way.

“From time to time, there are groups the NEC will proscribe. The NEC will be asked on Tuesday to consider whether these four organisations are compatible with Labour’s rules or our aims and values.”

Questions continue to be asked about whether Mr Corbyn will continue to sit as the independent MP for Islington North.

The former leader was suspended from the Labour Party last year after the Equality and Human Rights Commission found the party under his leadership harassed Jewish members.

He claimed Labour antisemitism had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons".

While he was allowed back into the party as a whole, he remains suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party.

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