Jeremy Corbyn has slammed Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to bar him from standing for the party at the next general election.
Mr Corbyn called it a “flagrant attack” on democracy.
He said it was up to local party members to choose their candidate, not Labour leaders.
Mr Corbyn said: “Keir Starmer’s statement about my future is a flagrant attack on the democratic rights of Islington North Labour Party members. It is up to them – not party leaders – to decide who their candidate should be.
“Any attempt to block my candidacy is a denial of due process, and should be opposed by anybody who believes in the value of democracy.”
He described Sir Keir’s move as “a divisive distraction from our overriding goal: to defeat the Conservative Party at the next general election”.
But it was left to one of his sons Tommy Corbyn to make a comment that went viral.
He wrote: “My entire life I’ve watched this man tirelessly fight for a better world, starting with Islington North. Proud doesn’t even begin to cut it. Socialism is about a lot more than a Labour rosette.”