Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has called for the suspension of Wavertree CLP – run by a Jewish chair.
Tom Watson today linked the now-withdrawn motions of no confidence tabled for discussion by Wavertree CLP (constituency Labour party) to ‘bullying’, ‘hatred’ and ‘antisemitism’ in a speech in the House of Commons.
Watson, who is not Jewish, appears to have committed a colossal blunder – as the elected Chair of Wavertree is.
The CLP, moreover, had not even passed the motions – which had been tabled in accordance with Labour’s rules by only a single mover and seconder each before being withdrawn – so his call was as premature and inappropriate as it is offensive to Wavertree members.
Watson has been contacted for comment.
Tom Watson says no confidence motions were tabled because Luciana Berger spoke out about antisemitism.
Given that Wavertree has other Jewish members and that the local party elected a Jewish man as the CLP Chair, Watson’s comments are not only a gross insult to members of the party he’s supposed to represent – but also perilously close to a non-Jew judging Jewish members of the Labour Party as ‘the wrong kind of Jew’ for political purposes.
Watson said Wavertree members ‘bring disgrace to the party’. He should take a look in the mirror.
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