The former leader of the Labour Party attacked Sir Keir, stating he intends to oppose him by standing as an independent Labour leader candidate at the next general elections, unless the latter allows him back in the Party. Mr Corbyn said in an interview that he has no plans to retire although he is at the age of 72.
Mr Corbyn said he had not spoken to Sir Keir in about two years but suggested that, the period after the upcoming local elections on May 5 would be “a good opportunity to right what I believe to be a wrong”.
Asked what he would say to him, he said: “I’d say I think Keir we need to move on. And I think we just need to move on and I should be reinstated into the PLP [Parliamentary Labour Party] because there has been no process taken against me by the PLP.
“All I’ve had is a letter saying I’m not a member of the PLP? This is not a good look for the Labour Party if it doesn’t even have a process for that as far as the parliamentary Labour Party is concerned.
“I sit amongst Labour MPs. I talk to a lot of Labour MPs all the time, but it feels irritating the way I’ve been treated. And I have not indulged in any kind of personal attacks of vendettas and don’t intend to as far as I’m concerned. My responsibility is to be a member of parliament to represent my constituency, and that’s what I’m doing.”
Mr Corbyn said he had no plans to retire, despite him being 72, and added: “I am fine, I am fit and healthy and active. And so I am excited by doing the job, excited by representing people and happy to carry on.”
He was asked to comment on the antisemitism row, which saw him being kept out of the Labour Party for a year and a half.
He responded: “I’ve explained many times that my total abhorrence of anti semitism in any form.
“The EHRC did an investigation. And on the day concerned, I accepted the EHRC report and said that it should be implemented, and I would support the implementation of it.”
He added: “And we should move on from that point. Were people hurt? Sadly, yes, some people were. But what has happened since then has not been good.
“We now have a sadly disproportionate number of left wing socialist Jews being suspended from party membership on grounds of anti semitism.
“And it’s not a good situation. So I just think we need to recognise racism in any form is wrong, anti semitism is vile, as is Islamophobia, anti black racism, and so on.
“And so we just have to do that and make sure we are a racist free zone as a party and that is what I was always determined to achieve.”