As the SKWAWKBOX covered on Monday, a small group of ‘centrists’ tried to disrupt Jeremy Corbyn’s speech during Saturday’s ‘LabourLive’ event in London – and two of them, including a right-wing candidate in this summer’s NEC elections, told Sky News on Saturday that they were immediately ‘ejected’ from the venue.
The NEC candidate, Jasmin Beckett, told the SKWAWKBOX that journalists witnessed their ejection – but the only one she could name was PoliticsHome’s Kevin Schofield. He was not at the event.
Ms Beckett has previously been accused of inciting false allegations for political gain.
The other Sky News interviewee, Richard Brooks – ‘co-director’ of an anti-Brexit company ‘For our Future’s Sake’ – told the broadcaster that the group had shown its banner and started chanting as Corbyn’s speech was just starting and was then almost immediately ‘ushered’ away from their spot and out of the venue.
But right-wing hack Ross Kempsell posted an interview with Brooks and another protestor on Twitter. The video was recorded in the venue – while Corbyn’s speech continued in the background:
Other video footage already published by the SKWAWKBOX shows the protesters walking away from the site of their initial protest with no apparent security personnel in attendance.
Right-wing rags including the Daily Mail have run with the story of the ejection. The available evidence does not appear to support the claims.
Mr Brooks was contacted for comment on Monday morning, but has not responded so far.
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