Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: I am astonished at the decision to withdraw the PLP whip from Jeremy Corbyn. 

“This is a vindictive and vengeful action which despoils Party democracy and due process alike, and amounts to overruling the unanimous decision of the NEC panel yesterday to readmit Jeremy to the Party.

“This action gives rise to double jeopardy in the handling of the case and shows marked bad faith.  

“The unity of the Party around the need to implement the EHRC recommendations in full is being recklessly undermined.  

“The continued persecution of Jeremy Corbyn, a politician who inspired millions, by a leadership capitulating to external pressure on Party procedures risks destroying the unity and integrity of the Labour Party.  

“I urge Keir Starmer in the strongest terms to pull back from the brink.”

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.