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Jeremy Corbyn to stand as an independent in Islington

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to stand as an independent candidate in Islington North in the July 4 general election.

Corbyn, who has represented the London constituency since 1983, was prevented from standing as a Labor candidate by the party’s governing body.

He was suspended as a Labor MP in 2020 for his response to a report into antisemitism in the party.

At the time, Corbyn called the move “political”.

His decision to run against Labor in the general election represents a headache for leader Sir Keir Starmer as it risks exacerbating existing tensions between him and his party’s left-wing MPs.

The Labor Party is currently selecting its own candidate to fill what has traditionally been a safe seat for the party.

Labor candidates have been reduced to a shortlist of two: London Assembly member Sem Moema and Islington councilor Praful Nargund.

Journalist Paul Mason had thrown his hat into the ring but it didn’t make the final cut.

The winner of the process will be announced on June 1.

In the 2019 general election, Corbyn held the seat with a majority of 26,000.

The 74-year-old had spent most of his parliamentary career on the backbenches but in 2015 became Labor leader after his leadership campaign received enthusiastic backing from party members.

He resigned as leader following Labour’s heavy defeat to the Conservatives in the 2019 general election, but remains a hugely popular figure on the left.

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