Breaking: Willsman suspended

NEC member suspended after release of recording
Peter Willsman

Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) member Peter Willsman has been suspended by the party following the release of recording of an ‘off the record’ conversation with an author, in which Willsman said he believed the Israeli embassy was coordinating antisemitism accusations against the Labour Party.

Mr Willsman also stated that a Labour member was ‘working indirectly’ for the embassy. This is believed to refer to Change UK MP Joan Ryan who, as a Labour MP, was filmed by an undercover al Jazeera reporter discussing a £1 million fund with now-expelled embassy official Shai Masot.

Under Labour rules, Willsman will be replaced by a new ballot of Labour members if the vacancy becomes permanent through resignation or if he is expelled at the end of the disciplinary process.

(This article originally stated that Eddie Izzard, the highest losing candidate in last year’s NEC elections, would replace Willsman. However, Labour’s new rule book changed the provision for filling NEC vacancies.)

Willsman has not been reachable for comment.