Jeremy Corbyn has accused Sir Keir Starmer of “repeatedly giving free passes” to the Conservative government, as he also criticized the leadership for “turning its back” on “hope for the future”.
The former Labor leader’s remarks come amid a dramatic fallout between Sir Keir and remaining controversial changes to the party’s rulebook, which were branded “undemocratic” and risking a “civil war” in the party.
On the first day of the party’s annual convention, Sir Keir was forced to scale down his proposed reforms and, crucially, eliminate the “one member, one vote” system used in leadership elections since 2014. The plan to do so was abandoned.
At a youth Labor rally, Mr Corbyn, who stood down as leader after a disastrous general election result last year, told attendees: “You are a generation that will not put up with what you are given – insecurities, a Dying planets and strange inequality.
“You know you don’t have to be without strength or hope,” he said. “When we come together, we know that things can and will change.”
However, he added: “It seems that the leadership of our party is turning away from hope for a more equal, democratic and sustainable future.”
Hitting out at Sir Keir, the former leader said: “In the last leadership election, unity was promised to our members and unions, but instead we have been given division.
“We were promised 10 pledges – and where are they? We were promised effective protests, but instead the Tories have been given a free pass over and over again.
Referring to Sir Keir’s effort through controversial rule changes, including a return to the Electoral College system of electing new party leaders, Mr Corbyn said: “Our movement promised empowerment, the rules for future leadership elections. Wasn’t sewing rules to stop. The Labor Party really stands for the many, not the few.”
His remarks came after the Labor leadership backtracked on the proposal amid a sharp backlash, but put forward a series of revised changes, which were accepted by the National Executive Committee (NEC) on Saturday.
The measures, which include plans to raise the threshold for MPs’ nominations for the leadership election (from 10 per cent) to 20 per cent, will now be debated and voted on at Labor’s convention in Brighton.
Sir Keir also wants members signed up for six months to be allowed to vote in future leadership contests, while a “registered supporter” scheme, which allowed people to vote in the 2020 contest was allowed to pay, will be removed.
But Mr Corbyn said in his address: “The Electoral College plan may fail for now, but we have seen the true colors of leadership.
“There is another path for the Labor Party and Britain, based on peace and justice, in policies that most people really want, not what the establishment and its media mouthpiece insist they should. If our leadership will not support that path, then our movement has to be and will be.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /