Jeremy Corbyn will stand as an independent in the general election | Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he will stand as an independent candidate in Islington North, promising to fight for equality, democracy and peace.

The former Labor leader, who has been in office for more than 40 years, says he will champion policies that have not been adopted by Labor or the Conservatives, including rent controls and the abolition of the two-child benefit limit.

He was banned from standing again as a Labor candidate and suspended for comments he made following the equality watchdog’s report into antisemitism in the party. As long as he remains a Labor member, he will be expelled for opposing the party in elections.

The Guardian understands that Corbyn had hoped to announce his plans to stand next Tuesday, but Rishi Sunak’s early election announcement forced him to bring forward his plans.

A close ally told the Guardian that Corbyn had always wanted to notify his constituents first, so he announced his intentions in an article for the Islington Tribune.

Writing in the newspaper, he said: “When I was first elected, I promised to support my constituents no matter what… In Islington North, we kept our promises.”

Corbyn’s allies had told The Guardian last year that he intended to stand as an MP, citing research they had carried out in the constituency that suggested he had a chance of winning as he had a personal vote seven times. greater than that of the average representative of the electoral district.

Corbyn also criticized Labour’s decision to prevent local members from participating in candidate preselection, urging members to “stand up and defend our rights”.

Last year, 98% of those attending a monthly general meeting of the local party backed a motion thanking Corbyn for his “commitment and service to the people”, adding that it was “the democratic right of members to select our MP”.

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Labor has shortlisted London assembly member Sem Moema and Islington councilor Praful Nargund to run against Corbyn in what is likely to be a testy electoral battle. The winner of the Labor selection process will be announced on June 1.

Corbyn called on lifelong Labor voters to support him, saying: “I am here to represent the people of Islington North with exactly the same principles I have stood for all my life: social justice, human rights and peace.”

He went on to say that “these principles are needed now more than ever,” vowing to advocate for “a genuine alternative to the corrupt years of this Conservative government,” including rent controls, public ownership of energy and water, the abolition of two – a cap on child benefits, a Green New Deal and an ethical foreign policy based on peace and human rights.

Corbyn led the party for almost five years and had enjoyed the support of Momentum since his 2015 leadership campaign. While the left-wing grassroots Labor group is understood to be backing the Labor leadership in the election campaign, insiders have acknowledged that several Members could resign from the party to back Corbyn’s campaign, along with other independent candidates.

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