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JEREMY CORBYN'S left-wing allies have launched a campaign event to call for the former Labour leader's whip to be restored following his suspension from the party.

PUBLISHED: 14:46, Sat, Nov 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:57, Sat, Nov 28, 2020

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Hard left group Momentum, and Mr Corbyn’s former shadow cabinet ministers Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and Richard Burgon, warned the “fightback is on” following Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to withhold the whip from his predecessor - despite the National Executive Committee allowing him to return as a party member. Entitled, ‘Restore the Whip to Jeremy Corbyn’ supporters are encouraged to tune into Momentum’s Youtube channel and Facebook pages by Arise to hear why “the divisive and anti-democratic decision” not to restore the whip to Mr Corbyn “must be reversed”.

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Ms Abbott, Mr McDonnell and Mr Burgon will also be joining the event, which will take place this evening.

The online invite reads: “Come and hear why the divisive and anti-democratic decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn must be reversed, what we can do to build the pressure and the next steps in the fight for party democracy and socialist policies.

“The fightback is on – get involved. Organised by Arise & Momentum.”

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jeremy corbynJeremy Corbyn was recently reinstated as a Labour member (Image: GETTY )

jeremy corbynThe event warned it will be a "fightback" (Image: EVENTBRITE)

Labour was plunged into chaos last month when Mr Corbyn was suspended from the party following his response to a damning investigation into its handling of anti-Semitism.

A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination when Mr Corbyn was in charge.

Mr Corbyn responded to the equality watchdog's findings and said the issue had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons" by his critics.

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jeremy corbynJeremy Corbyn was suspended from the party after a damning investigation into its handling of anti-Semitism (Image: GETTY )

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