Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that he will standing as an independent candidate in the General Election.

After serving Islington North as its MP for more than 40 years, Corbyn has confirmed he will be standing against Labour.

In a video published to X, he said: “I believe in democracy, I want our political parties to be democratic. But members of Islington North Labour have been denied the right to choose their own candidate.

“And alongside that, the community as a whole has been disempowered because of that.

“So we have to stand up. We have to stand up and say we’re not taking this anymore – we will assert our rights.

“That’s why I’m standing o be an independent candidate for the people of Islington North.”

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.

Mr Corbyn has been informed he is no longer a member of the Labour Party after he announced he is standing as an independent candidate

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

Mr Corbyn said: “This country has become more divided than ever. There are more people living in desperate poverty than I’ve ever known. There are more people using foodbanks and more families wondering how on earth they can make ends meet.

“Young people can’t get anywhere to live, people living with children living in a very overcrowded place, people living in the private rented sector facing high rents and insecurity.”

He added: “We’re not going to end any of this without fundamental change fundamental redistribution of power and of wealth, public ownership of water, mail, energy companies. “

“We need a politics that represents an alternative to the horrible, corrupt, arid years of this Tory government.”

He concluded: “Whoever the Prime Minister is, I’ll be holding them to account, holding them to account on child poverty, holding them account on hunger, holding them to account on health, on jobs, on the environment, on global issues of peace and justice, that is what an MP should do and that is what I’ve done and will do.”