BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg warns Jeremy Corbyn he may never be handed Labour whip again

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The former Labour leader was readmitted to the party as a member on Tuesday three weeks after being suspended over comments he made about antisemitism in the party. But a decision has yet to be made on whether to allow the socialist back into the parliamentary party. The BBC’s political editor said it is not “automatic” that Mr Corbyn would be welcomed back to the Labour benches just because he is a member of the party.

Ms Kuenssberg tweeted: “Worth noting too Labour says decision about letting Corbyn back into the PLP and giving back the whip as separate to getting his membership back – it’s not automatic.”

Mr Corbyn is currently an independent MP.

The Islington North MP was suspended from Labour last month for his response to a damning Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report which found that the party had broken the law in its handling of anti-Semitism complaints.

He claimed his political opponents has dramatically overstated the anti-Semitism problem within the party.

He said “much of the media” had sought to blow the problem out of proportion.

Mr Corbyn has since sought to clarify his comments.

The decision to reinstate Mr Corbyn to the opposition group has drawn furious reactions from party members.

Labour MPs, party members and Jewish societies hit out at the NEC’s decision.

Reports suggested former minister Dame Margaret Hodge, who is Jewish, could quit the party.

She said that she could not “comprehend” why it was acceptable for Mr Corbyn to “be a Labour MP if he thinks anti-Semitism is exaggerated and a political attack”.

Dame Margaret tweeted: “This is a broken outcome from a broken system.

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“A factional, opaque and dysfunctional complaints process could never reach a fair conclusion.

“This is exactly why the EHRC instructed Labour to set up an independent process!”

Dame Louise Ellman, the Jewish former Labour MP who quit the party over its handling of anti-Semitism last year, said Sir Keir should “refuse to restore the whip” to Mr Corbyn.

Sky News reported that a group of Labour MPs were plotting to resign if Sir Keir did not withhold the whip from his predecessor.

The MPs reportedly felt the lifting of Mr Corbyn’s suspension undermined the work done in recent months to rebuild bridges with the UK’s Jewish community.

Gideon Falter, chief executive of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, claimed Mr Corbyn’s suspension was “nothing more than a media stunt to blunt the blow” of the EHRC report.

The Jewish Labour Movement said it appeared the former party leader’s case had been “expedited” by a “factionally aligned political committee”.

But Mr Corbyn won support from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, a close ally of his.

Mr McCluskey called the former leader’s readmission a “correct, fair and unifying decision”.

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