Complaints made against Cllr Julie Davies over public and private comments without suspension by Labour, but complainant suspended after counter-complaint over old, ‘edited’ comment
Last month, the SKWAWKBOX revealed the ‘racist coup’ planned by right-wing Labour councillors in the London borough of Haringey against Joe Ejiofor, London’s only black council leader – and the astonishing move by Labour’s London regional office to protect councillors accused of racism, including one who had been suspended for alleged antisemitism and threatening language and is therefore not currently even a Labour councillor.
Those councillors abandoned their coup when it was exposed, at least for the time being, but that has not been the end of complaints of racism by ‘centrist’ councillors in Haringey.
Councillor Julie Davies is one of a number of councillors who are the subject of further complaints by black and ethnic minority colleagues over her historic and recent behaviour. That conduct includes comments on the Latin Village forum – described by social media critics as ‘racist’ – about market traders and a whole, primarily ethnic minority area of the borough:
But Ms Davies’ private conduct has also been the subject of complaints, after she derided the grammar and spelling of a Kurdish councillor whose first language is not English, as revealed in an email compiled by five Labour councillors and sent to the Labour Party and to other senior figures with a request to act:
The councillors detail the lack of action by local Labour right-wingers over their complaint and ask the national party to step in:
However, even though the complaint was sent in almost 8 weeks ago, the party has taken no action against Cllr Davies.
But it has suspended black councillor Preston Tabois, after a counter-complaint was put in against him alleging antisemitic comments – even though his supporters say the screenshots of an old Facebook thread have been edited and Tabois was actually agreeing with condemnation of an antisemitic article.
And while the councillors complaining about Julie Davies followed the party’s rules on complaints, those complaining about Tabois immediately leaked details to the hostile media, including the hard-right Guido Fawkes.
But Fawkes’ coverage accidentally backs up the claims of Tabois’ supporters, because while the antisemitic comments were made by a woman, Tabois’s comment is clearly addressed to a man, but the context is edited out to make it appear to be about the article:
In spite of this and the complaints outstanding against herself, Julie Davies reacted to the administrative, non-punitive suspension of Tabois by treating the allegations as fact in an email to the whole Haringey Labour group this weekend:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Cllr Davies for comment:
Cllr Davies did not respond and Labour does not comment on individual cases. Perhaps significantly, though, Labour’s London regional office did not intervene on her behalf as it did last month in the case of the three councillors accused of involvement in the ‘racist coup’.
But Labour’s suspension of black councillor Preston Tabois, when no similar action has been taken against Julie Davies or the others accused, is only likely to further inflame anger among black people and other minority groups about the party leadership’s dismissal of the Black Lives Matter movement and its insipid response to the alleged anti-black racism by right-wing former staff revealed in the leaked Labour report.
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