Labour activist expelled over anti-Semitism row

Labour activist expelled over anti-Semitism row

Jeremy Corbyn and Gareth Snell with Ruth Smeeth

Friday, April 27, 2018

A Labour MP has welcomed the expulsion of an activist who clashed with her at the launch of an anti-Semitism report.

Ruth Smeeth said she was relieved that the "ordeal" was over almost two years after Marc Wadsworth launched a verbal attack on her.

Mr Wadsworth's expulsion followed a hearing by Labour's disciplinary body which found his behaviour had been "grossly detrimental to the party".

A Labour Party spokesman 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, in 2016, of the Chakrabarti Inquiry report into allegations of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism in the Labour Party.

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.