Jeremy Corbyn confirms he will stand as an independent candidate in the general election

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will stand as an independent candidate in Islington North in the general election.

Corbyn, who has held the seat for more than 40 years, was suspended from the parliamentary Labor Party in 2020 following a row over anti-Semitism.

In an interview with his local Islington Grandstand newspaper, said he would be “a voice for equality, democracy and peace.”

He added: “I am here to represent the people of Islington North based on exactly the same principles that I have stood for all my life: social justice, human rights and peace.”

The Labor Party is yet to announce its candidate for the seat, which will be contested in the July 4 general election, announced by Rishi Sunak earlier this week.

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In the last general election in 2019, Corbyn won the Labor Party seat with a vote share of over 64 per cent. The Liberal Democrats, who named Vikas Aggarwal as their candidate for the seat, came second.

Corbyn pictured after winning the Islington North seat in the 2019 general election. He has held office since 1983.
Corbyn pictured after winning the Islington North seat in the 2019 general election. He has held office since 1983. (AP)

Earlier this week, Labor MP John McDonnell said Corbyn would still have “a lot of very personal support” if he stood as an independent; He also said he hoped Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer would allow him to return as a Labor candidate.

It is also believed that discontent over Labor leader Sir Keir’s stance on the war in Gaza could boost his vote.

Corbyn was suspended by the Labor Party after he refused to fully accept the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s findings that the party breached equality law when he was in charge.

The 74-year-old, who was party leader from 2015 to 2020, also said antisemitism had been “dramatically exaggerated for political reasons”.

However, his individual party membership, which was also suspended, was reinstated in November 2020, meaning Corbyn remained a member of the Labor Party.

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