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Labour suspends Chris Williamson over anti-Semitic remarks The Labour Party has suspended the MP Chris Williamson after he was filmed (pictured above) saying the party had been “too apologetic” about anti-Semitism. The decision by the general secretary, Jenny Formby, overturned an earlier announcement that Williamson would be allowed to keep the party whip while his “pattern of behaviour” was investigated. Formby and Jeremy Corbyn had been under intense pressure to take tougher action than allowing him to remain a Labour Party member while a series of complaints against him were considered. The suspension came after 38 Labour MPs from the moderate Tribune group, including several frontbenchers, signed a letter to Formby calling for his immediate suspension. Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, had earlier criticised Williamson’s “long-winded and heavily caveated” apology, and said “if it was in my gift” the whip would already have been removed. Williamson and Loughborough CLP Williamson’s extreme views have been known about for many years but that has not stopped him being invited to speak to Loughborough Constituency Labour Party (CLP). Southfields Labour candidate Arthur Gould claims that he has never come across anti-Semitic views in Loughborough CLP. Perhaps not. But Gould cannot deny that Williamson was invited by Loughborough CLP to address one of its meetings. Williamson and anti-Semitism Williamson had been filmed saying Labour had been “too apologetic” about complaints of anti-semitism. In the footage, first revealed by the Yorkshire Post, Williamson was cheered by activists in Sheffield as he said: “I’ve got to say, I think our party’s response has been partly responsible … Because, in my opinion, we’ve backed off far too much, we’ve given too much ground, we’ve been too apologetic.” Williamson booked a room in parliament to screen a controversial film about Jackie Walker, an activist suspended from the party. Speaking at a ‘Labour Against the Witch Hunt’ fringe event at Labour Party conference Williamson “confronted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism… declaring that he often described Israel as an apartheid state”, denounced the “terrible injustice” done to Jackie Walker and condemned the way Marc Wadsworth had been “demonised as a bigot”, before calling on Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell to “wake up” and “confront the right-wing witch-hunters”. Instead of going after the anti-Semites in the Labour Party, Williamson urged the leadership to “go after those who were calling it out”. Williamson shared a petition urging Islington Council to reverse its ban on notorious anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon from performing at a venue. Hope Not Hate has called Atzmon “an anti-semite who has promoted the works of Holocaust deniers.” He blamed Grenfell Tower tragedy on “Jerusalemites” and has stood accused of Holocaust denial by human rights lawyer Adam Wagner. He has openly said “I despise the Jew in me and detest the Jew in you”. Williamson backed Momentum threats to deselect Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger whilst she was on maternity leave. Williamson threw his weight behind a hard-left intimidation campaign, saying: “individual MPs in this party think it’s their God-given right to rule… I think critics of mandatory re-selection are mistaken…” Williamson denied Labour has an anti-semitism problem, calling cases of antisemitic abuse “smears” and “dirty lowdown tricks” being used for “political ends”. Later claimed antisemitism had been “weaponised” in a “proxy war”.
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Labour suspends Chris Williamson over anti- Semitic remarks The Labour Party has suspended the MP Chris Williamson after he was filmed (pictured above) saying the party had been “too apologetic” about anti-Semitism. The decision by the general secretary, Jenny Formby, overturned an earlier announcement that Williamson would be allowed to keep the party whip while his “pattern of behaviour” was investigated. Formby and Jeremy Corbyn had been under intense pressure to take tougher action than allowing him to remain a Labour Party member while a series of complaints against him were considered. The suspension came after 38 Labour MPs from the moderate Tribune group, including several frontbenchers, signed a letter to Formby calling for his immediate suspension. Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, had earlier criticised Williamson’s “long-winded and heavily caveated” apology, and said “if it was in my gift” the whip would already have been removed. Williamson and Loughborough CLP Williamson’s extreme views have been known about for many years but that has not stopped him being invited to speak to Loughborough Constituency Labour Party (CLP). Southfields Labour candidate Arthur Gould claims that he has never come across anti-Semitic views in Loughborough CLP. Perhaps not. But Gould cannot deny that Williamson was invited by Loughborough CLP to address one of its meetings. Williamson and anti-Semitism Williamson had been filmed saying Labour had been “too apologetic” about complaints of anti- semitism. In the footage, first revealed by the Yorkshire Post, Williamson was cheered by activists in Sheffield as he said: “I’ve got to say, I think our party’s response has been partly responsible … Because, in my opinion, we’ve backed off far too much, we’ve given too much ground, we’ve been too apologetic.” Williamson booked a room in parliament to screen a controversial film about Jackie Walker, an activist suspended from the party. Speaking at a ‘Labour Against the Witch Hunt’ fringe event at Labour Party conference Williamson “confronted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism… declaring that he often described Israel as an apartheid state”, denounced the “terrible injustice” done to Jackie Walker and condemned the way Marc Wadsworth had been “demonised as a bigot”, before calling on Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell to “wake up” and “confront the right- wing witch-hunters”. Instead of going after the anti-Semites in the Labour Party, Williamson urged the leadership to “go after those who were calling it out”. Williamson shared a petition urging Islington Council to reverse its ban on notorious anti- Semite Gilad Atzmon from performing at a venue. Hope Not Hate has called Atzmon “an anti-semite who has promoted the works of Holocaust deniers.” He blamed Grenfell Tower tragedy on “Jerusalemites” and has stood accused of Holocaust denial by human rights lawyer Adam Wagner. He has openly said “I despise the Jew in me and detest the Jew in you”. Williamson backed Momentum threats to deselect Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger whilst she was on maternity leave. Williamson threw his weight behind a hard-left intimidation campaign, saying: “individual MPs in this party think it’s their God-given right to rule… I think critics of mandatory re-selection are mistaken…” Williamson denied Labour has an anti-semitism problem, calling cases of antisemitic abuse “smears” and “dirty lowdown tricks” being used for “political ends”. Later claimed antisemitism had been “weaponised” in a “proxy war”.