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Rachel Reeves has dominated out making former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn a candidate for the social gathering following its antisemitism row.

The Shadow Chancellor stated the Islington North MP, who sits within the Commons as an Independent, isn’t match to face as a Labour candidate.

Ms Reeves stated: “When Jeremy Corbyn was leader of the Labour Party, I’m afraid that antisemitism was rife within the Labour Party and we were investigated by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission over the treatment of Jewish people.

“When that report was published, Jeremy Corbyn sadly refused to acknowledge what had happened in the Labour Party and his role within it.

“We have got an independent complaints process within the Labour Party.

“He’s no longer a Labour MP and he will not be the Labour candidate at the next election.”

In March 2023, he was formally banned from standing as Labour’s candidate for the subsequent normal election, which should be known as earlier than the tip of this 12 months.

The shortlist of candidates for the seat will probably be drawn up by Labour’s ruling nationwide government committee (NEC) fairly than a range committee that features native members.

Local Labour members are nonetheless pushing for Mr Corbyn, who led the social gathering between 2015 and 2020, to have the ability to throw his hat into the ring to be the social gathering’s candidate for the north London seat.

In a sequence of posts on X, previously Twitter, Islington North Labour Party issued an announcement from Islington North Constituency Labour Party (CLP) Officers.

It stated: “Islington North CLP members have been informed that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has opened the parliamentary candidate selection procedure for Islington North.

“We support Keir Starmer’s statement that “Local Party members should select their candidates for every election.” We ask that native democracy be revered & that we be capable of select our potential parliamentary candidate from amongst any Labour Party member in good standing.

“An undemocratic selection process would harm the Labour Party’s efforts to defeat the conservatives and to achieve the real change this country and our communities in Islington North desperately need.”

Applications for the seat – which was gained by Labour with a 49 % majority in 2019 – will shut on Monday.

The shortlist will probably be introduced per week later, with the Labour candidate introduced on June 1.

Mr Corbyn, who has gained Islington North for Labour at every of the final 10 normal elections, has hinted that he could stand as an unbiased candidate.