Labour activist Marc Wadsworth has been a controversial figure since Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth walked out of the launch of the Chakrabarti Report in 2016 and alleged that he had – quote marks hers – accused her of a “media conspiracy”, which is a well-known antisemitic trope.
As it’s important for the context in which around forty parliamentary figures walked with Ms Smeeth to Mr Wadsworth’s disciplinary hearing this morning, here is the full, subtitled video of his words to her at the launch:
Not every word can be made out because of the foreground shouts, but the words “media conspiracy” do not seem, from what can be heard on the recording, to have been among those spoken by Mr Wadsworth. Ms Smeeth’s post appears to have since been deleted – and Telegraph journalist Kate McCann does not appear to have denied that she handed a document to Ms Smeeth.
Readers will decide for themselves whether Mr Wadsworth’s intervention contained any antisemitism, but it is surely correct that any accusation of it against him should be accompanied by the video of what he actually said.
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