Luke ‘Lukey’ Stanger is known as one of the most vocal commenters – many would say ‘trolls’ – against the supposed ‘hard left’ and on the issue of alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party. He has denied being linked to one of the worst troll groups, ‘Labour against antisemitism’ (LAAS), but turned up in March as an LAAS signatory on an open letter published last March on LabourList alongside the likes of Euan Philipps and Emma Picken. LAAS, despite its name, has no standing with the Labour Party and has included Tories among its contributors.
LAAS, in turn, doesn’t like Labour’s supposedly ‘hard left’ MP for Derby North, Chris Williamson, who has rightly dismissed claims of ‘widespread’ antisemitism in the Labour Party as a smear.
Among expressions of this dislike, it called for the withdrawal of the Labour whip and even for him to be thrown out of the party for ‘sharing a platform’ with the wrong kind of person or appearing at an event where someone else said something it didn’t like.
However, it seems that while sharing a platform is a big no-no, sharing a car isn’t.
Locals in Nottingham spotted Stanger getting into a car with Chris Williamson at the local rail station.
To quash any rumours that Stanger is operating as some kind of double agent, the SKWAWKBOX contacted Williamson, who said that he had made a trip to the station especially to offer Stanger a lift after the latter posted on Facebook that he was stranded there. He then drove Stanger to Ashfield.
A substantial detour for the MP, who was setting off to a speaking engagement in Manchester.
Mr Stanger has also been contacted for comment.
Chris Williamson appears to have considerable magnanimity and to embody the ‘new politics’ in going out of his way to help an undoubted an undoubted opponent.
The SKWAWKBOX doesn’t recommend that anyone should hold their breath waiting for this to have any moderating effect on the behaviour and comments of right-wing critics of Williamson or the Labour Party – or on the skewed reporting of the mainstream media.
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