Jeremy Corbyn has been backed by members of his constituency Labour group after the former leader was blocked from standing for the party at the next general election.

A motion expressing support in the Islington North MP was passed on Wednesday evening (May 17).

A total of 60 members backed the motion, with one abstaining, according to a spokesperson for the veteran left-winger. No-one voted against it.

The move by the Islington North Constituency Labour Party came after Sir Keir Starmer said in March that his predecessor would not be the party’s candidate for the seat at the next general election.

The motion read: “This CLP would like to thank our sitting MP J Corbyn for his commitment and service to the people, and want to express that it should be our democratic right to select our MP.”

Mr Corbyn, who sits in the Commons as an independent in Parliament following the party’s handling of antisemitism allegations under his stewardship, has now vowed to “continue”.

In March, the National Executive Committee backed a proposal from Sir Keir not to endorse Mr Corbyn in contesting his Islington North seat for Labour at the next election.

Mr Corbyn criticised the move at the time as a “shameful attack on party democracy”.

Following the CLP motion on Wednesday, Mr Corbyn said on Twitter: “I am proud to represent Islington North in Parliament.

“I have spent the past 40 years campaigning alongside my community for a mass redistribution of wealth, ownership and power. That is what I’ll continue to do.”

Some reporting by PA.