Black activist Marc Wadsworth was recently expelled from the Labour Party after a public argument with MP Ruth Smeeth in 2016. Although some media outlets have claimed the expulsion was for antisemitism, it was in fact on grounds of bringing the party into disrepute – a charge that Wadsworth vigorously denies.
Wadsworth has been on tour around the country, speaking to supporters and raising funds for legal action.
So far, at least twenty-one CLPs (constituency Labour parties) have passed motions supporting his reinstatement, including several not considered predominantly left-wing:
- Brent Central
- Croydon North
- Ealing Central and Acton
- Ealing North
- Hackney South and Shoreditch
- Hastings and Rye
- Kenilworth and Southam
- Lewisham West and Penge
- Luton South, Richmond Park
- South West Norfolk
- Stroud, Wallasey
- Tonbridge and Malling
- Croydon Central
A large number of other CLPs are believed to have motions planned after CLPD (Campaign for Labour Democracy), which came out against Wadsworth’s expulsion, sent out emails with a model motion.
Wadsworth has raised significant funds for legal action via crowdfunding.
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