Award-winning musician Soweto Kinch and other performers to feature at Citizen Journalist Educational Trust (CJET) event
Multi-award-winning musician Soweto Kinch is performing at a fundraising event on Saturday night at a top London music studio for veteran black activist Marc Wadsworth, who was expelled from the Labour Party a year ago this month.
The Premises Studio venue for the event has hosted musical greats such as Nina Simone, Roy Ayers, Tom Jones, Ginger Baker, Emeli Sandé and Amy Winehouse.
Wadsworth, who has been on a national speaking tour in a campaign to clear his name, was expelled by Labour after comments made to Labour MP Ruth Smeeth at the launch of the Shami Chakrabarti report on antisemitism and all forms of racism. Wadsworth said that at the time of the comments in June 2016 that he was unaware that Smeeth was Jewish.
A video recording was later published supporting Wadsworth’s account of his comments to the MP. Smeeth subsequently deleted a claim that he had accused her of a “media conspiracy”.
Saxophonist Kinch has condemned the expulsion, adding:
I’m proud to be doing a benefit gig for Marc and urge everyone to come along and support him in his fight for justice.
The RMT, FBU, CWU, UCU, NEU and Unite unions have supported Wadsworth’s campaign and constituency Labour parties have also passed motions for his reinstatement.
Wadsworth featured in a BBC documentary about the Stephen Lawrence campaign, which the broadcaster repeated last night. The programme shows Wadsworth introducing the family to Nelson Mandela at a key moment in the campaign.
Tickets for the event are available on Eventbrite.
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