13th July 2024
Jeremy CorbynPA Media

The RMT Union has announced it will be supporting former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the next general election.

Mr Corbyn is the independent MP for Islington North – a seat he has held since 1983.

Last year, the 74-year-old was banned from standing for Labour, having been suspended from the parliamentary party over an antisemitism row in 2020.

RMT leader Mick Lynch said the union would back Mr Corbyn should he run for his seat again as an independent.

“We will support all sorts of people in this election, because we’re not affiliated,” Mr Lynch told the War on Want conference.

He added: “We will support Labour candidates. We will support socialist candidates.

“We will be supporting Jeremy Corbyn in the next election.”

The RMT became estranged from Labour in 2004 under Tony Blair’s leadership, meaning – unlike many other trade unions – it is free to support other candidates.

It is expected the former Labour leader will stand as an independent at the next election, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Jeremy Corbyn and Mick Lynch at Euston station

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Mr Corbyn was suspended from by the Labour party over his reaction to a highly critical report on anti-Semitism.

He had previously been elected the party’s leader in 2015 but resigned in 2019 following defeat in the general election.

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For the current Parliament, that date is 17 December 2024.

However, 25 working days are then allowed to prepare for the election, meaning the next election must be held by 28 January 2025.

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