Jeremy Corbyn will reportedly soon announce he will be standing as an independent candidate.

The Islington Gazette understands that Corbyn, who has served as Islington North’s MP for more than 40 years, could be standing against Labour.

He is expected to make his announcement at some point this afternoon.

Last year, Labour’s National Executive Committee approved a motion by leader Sir Keir Starmer to prevent the party from endorsing Corbyn as its candidate at the next general election.

This means that the veteran MP would have to stand as an Independent candidate in the vote on July 4.

While the MP is yet to officially speak on the decision, he previously said: “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.”

Applications to stand as the Labour candidate in Islington North closed earlier this week.

It has shortlisted Sem Moema – a member of the London Assembly, and Praful Nargund, an Islington councillor.

Others to throw their hat in the ring included former Newsnight presenter Paul Mason, writer Christian Wolmar and Enfield deputy mayor Cllr Margaret Greer.

The winner of the selection process will be decided on June 1.