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Old 27-02-2019, 06:47 AM #1
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Default Labour anti-Semitism: Chris Williamson says party is 'too apologetic'

Labour MPs have criticised their colleague Chris Williamson for saying the party has been "too apologetic" over anti-Semitism.

In footage published by the Yorkshire Post, Mr Williamson, who is a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, told activists Labour was being "demonised as a racist, bigoted party".

Deputy leader Tom Watson said he had been "deliberately inflammatory".

The BBC has approached Mr Williamson and the Labour Party for comment.

Labour has struggled to contain a long-running row over claims of anti-Semitism - hostility or prejudice directed against Jewish people - within its ranks.

Nine MPs quit the party last week, criticising the leadership's handling of the issue.

One of them, Luciana Berger tweeted in response to the Williamson video, saying: "This is what I have left behind. It's toxic. Our country deserves so much better."

At an event in Sheffield last week - organised by grassroots Corbyn-supporting campaign group Momentum - MP for Derby North Mr Williamson said: "The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party.

"I have got to say I think our party's response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we have backed off far too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic."

Amid applause from the audience, he went on to say: "We've done more to address the scourge of anti-Semitism than any political party."

Momentum has not responded to the BBC's request for comment.

On Tuesday, Labour officials criticised Mr Williamson for booking a room in Parliament for a screening of a film about anti-Semitism and the activist Jackie Walker.

Ms Walker was suspended by Labour over allegedly anti-Semitic comments in 2016, and the documentary, Witch Hunt, looks at those and other allegations within the party.

A Labour spokesman said: "It's completely inappropriate to book a room for an event about an individual who is suspended from the party and subject to ongoing disciplinary procedures.

"This falls below the standards we expect of MPs."

Stephen Doughty, Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, said Mr Williamson's comments in the video were "unacceptable" and had "no place in our party".

Mr Doughty added: "I have made clear to both the Leader's office and our whips that I expect urgent action to be taken."

Wes Streeting, Ilford North MP, commented on the Yorkshire Post's video too, saying: "Stomach-turning. No action will be taken."

And his colleague Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, also expressed her unhappiness.


Another, Neil Coyle, called on Momentum and the Labour Party to do something, saying "Actions speak louder than words."

Earlier this month, the Labour Party's general secretary, Jennie Formby, said the party had received 673 complaints in 10 months alleging acts of anti-Semitism by its members.



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Old 27-02-2019, 08:55 AM #2
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[Deputy leader Tom Watson said he had been "deliberately inflammatory".]


Yes I guess he is doing just that.


https://news.sky.com/story/labour-to...amson-11649374

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I look forward to our own Kristallnacht about ten minutes after Corbyn's Labour get in.
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Absolute wanker.

Exactly why I left the party.
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Absolute wanker.

Exactly why I left the party.
I have lots of friends who are lifelong Labour voters and have turned away from it now. While the Tories are busy eating themselves, this would have been a prime opportunity for a strong Labour to sweep in victorious. And even if they didn't, the country needs a strong opposition. We seem to be going backwards...
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Williamson is a vile man, has defended almost everyone who has been kicked out over anti-Semitism and still goes to pro-Maduro rallies while Venezuelans starve and get killed by security forces

More Corbyn than Corbyn as they say
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Incredible that he has not been automatically suspended, calling for an immediate apology...what? that won't change his views

I have to say I am not the biggest Sadiq Khan supporter but the met the question on BBC this mornng as to what should happen to the man head on by saying he should at the very least be suspended
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He has said sorry.
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He has said sorry.
Not good enough. It's obvious he means what he say's as his words and actions reaffirm what he said yesterday...

It's a shame too, that the party of anti-racism has evidently been consumed by the thinly veiled racism...
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Just burn down Labour and start again - they have a terrorist sympathiser as their leader; Dianne Abbot, who can't even count to ten, as Shadow Home Sec; Emily Thornberry, who sounded like a psychopathic bully at the rally a couple of days back...
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Labour MP Chris Williamson suspended
over antisemitism row
After accusing the party of being "too apologetic", he tells Sky News he will "work to clear my name".

https://news.sky.com/story/labour-mp...m-row-11650005
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Half right decision.
Sorry for me however.
Labour has to never stop apologising for any antisemitism in the Party anywhere.

Apologies now though, from those spouting those views or support for such views.
Well apologies are meaningless.

They have to be removed from the Labour Party, no ifs or buts.

Along with any others with antisemitic views in all other Parties too.
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