Former Labour First trainer Ian McKenzie was suspended after complaints including tweets calling Shadow Foreign Secretary Thornberry ‘too old for ISIS’ and discussing her prospects for beheading or selling as a sex-slave
Ian McKenzie is a former Labour First activist who travelled to different constituencies to train the Labour right how to keep control of local party structures in spite of the party’s majority left membership. Labour First cut ties with him after he was suspended by Labour for a series of vile tweets, most infamously about Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.
McKenzie tweeted his opinion that Ms Thornberry was ‘too old’ to be used by Islamist extremists ISIS as a ‘sex slave’ and that they would behead her instead. He also discussed her possible sale or gang rape:
McKenzie was suspended for his tweets – but his problematic comments were not exclusively about Emily Thornberry. He also made a series of ugly comments about black and female Labour MPs, including Diane Abbott and Angela Rayner – and tweeted about shooting school girls in the head:
McKenzie claimed his comments were not advocating such actions, but they caused widespread revulsion.
McKenzie, an entrenched opponent of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, also tweeted that antisemitism allegations against Labour were “cutting through”, when he pleaded with a right-wing actor not to leave Labour when the “tide’s turned”
Complaints were also made alleging that McKenzie had tampered with the process during a key parliamentary selection meeting.
In spite of his suspension, McKenzie was defended by right-wing, male figures inside and outside the Labour Party, while two Labour MPs invited him to meet them on the Commons terrace in Parliament.
Now, after a suspension lasting almost a year, McKenzie’s case has been sent by Labour’s National Executive Committee to the NCC (National Constitutional Committee).
Mr McKenzie did not respond to a request for comment. He continues to maintain his Twitter account and to attack left-wingers.
Abuse, especially online abuse, is an exclusively left-wing phenomenon. At least if you believe the media and centrist politicians.
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