Andrew Fisher, a senior adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, has been suspended from the Labour Party following a stream of controversial tweets.
Fisher suggested that the Class War candidate should be backed as leader of the party instead of Corbyn, and has also called Tony Blair a “scumbag” and Jack Straw a “vile git”.
His selection as part of the Labour leader's inner circle of advisers has proved controversial among many Labour MPs. In a statement, the Labour party said:
Andrew Fisher has been suspended from the Labour Party. The NEC will now be asked to authorise a full report to be drawn up with recommendations for disciplinary action if appropriate.
According to Labour Party rules, a member who "joins and/or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate... shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a party member".
Corbyn continues to give his support to Fisher, however, saying: “I have full confidence in Andrew Fisher and his work. I respect the integrity of the General Secretary’s office and trust that this matter will be settled as quickly as possible.”