A lot of unhappy campers in Labour about this. Recriminations between the party’s various sects. Promises of reinstatement behind the scenes and others saying good riddance. Never has the show of unity been put to such a great test and the fissures in Labour/Momentum seem set to continue to be exposed. From the Independent:
Labour has expelled the activist who criticised Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth at the launch of a report on antisemitism in the party.
Marc Wadsworth was found guilty of having breached party rules after accusing Ms Smeeth of working “hand-in-hand” with right-wing newspapers.
He was expelled by the party’s National Constitution Committee (NCC), which deals with disciplinary matters. It marks the culmination of an almost two-year process following the incident in June 2016.
A Labour spokesperson said: “The National Constitutional Committee (NCC) of the Labour Party has found that two charges of a breach of the Labour Party’s rule 2.1.8 by Marc Wadsworth have been proven.
“The NCC consequently determined that the sanction for this breach of Labour Party rules will be expulsion from membership.”
Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ms Smeeth said: “Abuse, bullying and intimidation have no place in our movement, as today’s announcement has proven.
“I hope that this decision represents the first step towards a return to the values of decency and respect throughout the Labour Party.”
Mr Wadsworth, who runs Momentum Black Connexions, had accused the MP of “working hand in hand” with The Daily Telegraph during a tirade at the launch of the Chakrabarti report in 2016.
Dozens of Labour MPs had marched in support of Jewish colleague Ms Smeeth as she prepared to give evidence at Mr Wadsworth’s disciplinary hearing this week.
Ahead of the hearing, Mr Wadsworth told reporters: “I’m confident, as I’m not guilty. Based on the facts, this hearing, if it’s fair, I will be exonerated.
“I’m totally and utterly opposed to antisemitism, to all forms of bigotry, including anti-black racism and Islamophobia.”
The decision on Mr Wadsworth came as Ken Livingstone – who is currently suspended from Labour over remarks linking Adolf Hitler and Zionism – said rows over antisemitism in the party are a “complete diversion”.
Mr Livingstone told LBC: “I’m not discussing antisemitism until after the election is all out the way because it is a complete diversion.