Derby North MP’s case goes to Labour’s senior disciplinary committee
The case of Derby North MP Chris Williamson has been referred to the NCC (National Constitutional Committee), Labour’s senior disciplinary body, by a second panel of National Executive Committee (NEC) members.
Willliamson has been accused of saying Labour has been ‘too apologetic about antisemitism’. However, Williamson and his supporters say he was clearly talking about Labour’s response to ill-founded accusations. The full section of his speech is shown below:
Williamson was re-suspended by Labour after Keith Vaz – one of the NEC panel members who reinstated him last month – said later he was incompetent to make a decision because he was under the influence of medicines.
Award-winning film director Ken Loach, a long-standing supporter of both the Labour Party and of Chris Williamson, said of the decision:
Chris Williamson was re-admitted to the party after due process and rigorous examination of the evidence. It’s shocking that pressure by MPs and party grandees has been allowed to overturn the NEC’s original decision. Justice should triumph over political interference.
Chris Williamson has been invited to comment. The Labour Party does not comment on individual cases.
Any attempt now by any organisation – or group of MPs – to interfere with due process or to prejudge the case is unacceptable. The NCC – a democratically-elected, quasi-judicial body with guidance from independent specialist lawyers – must be allowed to reach its conclusions based on the evidence and decide the case accordingly.
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