NEC member Peter Willsman was re-elected to Labour’s National Executive Committee on Monday, in spite of a controversial decision by a subset of officers of Momentum to withdraw support from him after mainstream media and Labour right-wingers misrepresented comments by Willsman during a meeting, which had been illicitly recorded by one of a handful of people dialling in by phone.
Willsman appears to be in combative mood, as he has just issued a statement in which he compares the politics of self-described Blairite Eddie Izzard and those of the campaign group founded by fellow NEC member Jon Lansman:
Thanks to all the comrades who voted for me.I won,despite Momentum’s huge efforts to help Eddie Izzard. I hear Eddie wants to join his politically like-minded mates in Momentum.
The withdrawal of support clearly hurt, as well as being widely condemned even by local Momentum groups furious at the decision to give credence to a media narrative of Willsman’s comments when the comments themselves contained nothing antisemitic – as even arch-critic and deputy Labour leader Tom Watson admitted during yesterday’s meeting of the committee.
The misrepresentation of Willsman’s comments led to death-threats against him.
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