Islington North is a bastion for Jeremy Corbyn, so a Labour woman has lined up to challenge him there

Islington North is a bastion for Jeremy Corbyn, so a Labour woman has lined up to challenge him there

Last night, a prominent Labour woman who lost her seat "due to Jeremy Corbyn" was recommended as a replacement.

Labour's strongest alternative to challenge the former leader in his North London bastion, Islington North, is a female MP who lost in the disastrous 2019 election.

Sir Keir Starmer has disqualified Mr Corbyn from standing as Labour's candidate in the next General Election.

Concerns among Labour moderates that Corbyn could win a seat he has held since 1983 with a massive 26,188 margin have prompted calls for him to stand as an independent.

But moderates want Corbyn detractors who lost 'due to Jeremy' to avenge themselves by running as the official Labour candidate.

Among them is former Islington councillor Mary Creagh, who angrily confronted Mr Corbyn shortly after losing her Wakefield seat in the Tories' Red Wall triumph.

As she was cleaning out her office, Ms Creagh was seen challenging the then leader in Portcullis House, Westminster.

He should be apologetic for the election failure and its implications, she remarked afterwards.

'I wondered why he was laughing and joking while I was making my people redundant before Christmas,' Ms Creagh told the BBC.

A lack of antisemitism and bullying in our party led to this setback, she added.

She also demanded to know why she was facing deselection in Wakefield even as the general election campaign was underway.

Sources indicate Corbyn critic Ruth Smeeth, who lost her Stoke-on-Trent North seat, is also a contender. On election night, Ms Smeeth called Mr Corbyn a "disgrace" who should "spend more time on his allotment."

"At best a bystander" to antisemitism, she said, "at worst responsible and personally involved".

Last night, supporters of Mr Corbyn defended him, saying Sir Keir and his colleagues had treated him 'disgracefully'.

He had 'a very strong chance' of winning as an independent, they added, because left-wing sympathisers would flock to his side.

While he has friends in high places in the local Labour party, Left-wingers were in the minority in Islington North, according to other Labour insiders.

After an equalities watchdog report under his leadership, Mr Corbyn lost his Labour membership and the party Whip after claiming that antisemitism in the party had been "dramatically inflated for political reasons."

He was later reinstated as a party member after denying the antisemitism allegations, but not as Whip.

To be clear, Ms Creagh claimed she had no intention of standing for the Labour nomination in Islington North.

The far-Left activists who attacked Ms Smeeth for denouncing Mr Corbyn's failure on antisemitism have warned her not to engage in a new conflict with his supporters.