John Erskine, who published foul tweets about orphaned Palestinian girl and targeted journalist Julian Assange’s wife and children, was with so-called ‘Labour against Antisemitism’ from the start and has been defended by fellow Labour and LAAS pro-Israel hardliners
The Labour right-winger who has been removed by Twitter after outrage over his racist and hateful tweets is a founder signatory of the so-called ‘Labour against Antisemitism’, the group that drove much of the smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and Labour, Skwawkbox can reveal.
Erskine provoked horror after tweeting that the daughter of a Palestinian woman murdered by the Israeli military was better off without her mother, that the world should consider itself lucky that the victim was dead and that the fire-bombing of Dresden, which killed around 25,000 people, mostly civilians and allied prisoners of war, was a good thing because it ‘dealth with’ antisemites:
Erskine has also targeted Muslims more widely with his poison:
But Erskine is part of the right-wing group that postured as anti-racist to smear the Labour party and it’s then-leader Jeremy Corbyn – and as the long-delayed Forde report had to admit, such smears were widely weaponised by the Labour right as a factional weapon.
Enough is enough. We make no apologies for the actions we take and will not stand by and wait for a more convenient time for the party leadership to deal with this problem. The time for concession has long since passed. We will not be bullied, and we will not be silenced.
Yours faithfully, Labour Against Antisemitism
Euan Philipps – Chair of Tonbridge and Malling CLP, member of JLM
Chris Evans – JLM and Labour member
Hannah – Hornsey & Wood Green CLP
Luisa Attfield – JLM and Finchley and Golders Green CLP
Denny Taylor – Labour party member
Joanne Bell – JLM, Unite, formerly Enfield Southgate CLP
Jamie Rodney – East Renfrewshire CLP
Zoë Kemp – JLM, formally Hampstead and Kilburn CLP
David Hirsh – Finchley and Golders Green CLP, UCU, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, author of ‘Contemporary Left Antisemitism’
Emily Edwards – Labour International Rosemary Emery Llanelli CLP and member of Jewish Labour Movement.
Jessica Jacobs-Schiff – Jewish Labour Movement Owen Power MPhil – Member Salford & Eccles LP, JLM, & LGBT Labour.
Robert Chance – Newcastle under Lyme Mina Kupfermann – Bristol
Judith Ornstein – instigator and producer, Whitewashed
Ged Ornstein – trustee, StandWithUs
Emma Feltham – Lewisham East Christopher Grey – Yorkshire man. Socialist. Former Labour member
Raf Singer – ex Labour
Andy Semple – JLM.
Katherine Dearden – formerly Erewash CLP. Former Durham County Councillor.
Sue Teddern – Brighton and Hove Labour party
Colin Appleby – Cities of London and Westminster CLP, member of LGBT Labour and Jewish Labour Movement Delegate to the CLP
Andre McPherson – Member of Jewish Labour Movement.
Edward Crask Hove CLP. Retired LP regional organiser.
Laureen Levy – ex-Labour member
David Bennun – former JLM member and longtime Labour supporter
Pete Newbon – ex-Labour member and JLM member.
Rachel Fidler – ex-Labour member, Hendon
Cllr Lee Cowen – East Worthing and Shoreham CLP JLM
Dany Louise – Labour candidate, Old Hastings Ward
Craig Prescott – Labour Member
Susan Bowie – Shetland CLP
Luke Stanger – Hove and Portslade CLP
Paul Corrick – Cheshire East, left last year after the Livingstone fiasco
Nicky Easton – ex-Labour, Brighton Kemptown
Caroline George – Labour Member, Neath
Geoff Braterman – ex-Labour, Brighton Pavilion
Natascha Wolf – ex-Labour member, JLM member, Bristol
Doe Solomon – JLM
Pete Daly – Hove and Portslade CLP
Linzi Pinto – Labour Member, JLM
Lawrence Levin – JLM
Joy Robinson – Hove and Portslade CLP
John Erskine – Labour Member, Rother Valley
Marilyn Lee – ex-Labour member, London
Simon Myerson – Labour member 35 years, now ex
Sam Stopp – Labour Councillor, Wembley Central
Jonathan Black – Labour Member, JLM
Nicole Iszak – ex-Labour member
Andrew Rugman – Hove and Portslade CLP
Rob Minshull – Former National Secretary of Labour Students.
Kitty Lyons – Labour Councillor, Barnet
Tom Gray – Hove and Portslade CLP
Also highlighted in the list above are the notorious Luke Stranger – recently publicly welcomed back into the Labour party despite racist tweets and other unsavoury behaviour – and Pete Newbon, the late lecturer who targeted left-wing Jewish author Michael Rosen with foul antisemitic tweets and was being sued for defamation by others at the time of his death.
Some of Erskine’s fellow LAAS alumni defended him today against the justified outrage over his social media comments – and before the deletion of his account, he was followed by a list of Labour-right and pro-Israel figures:
Twitter has dealt with Mr Erskine’s poison, at least for now. He is said to still be a Labour member, but on its form under Keir Starmer, David Evans and their regime, many question whether there is any prospect of the party taking the action it should.
SKWAWKBOX needs your help. The site is provided free of charge but depends on the support of its readers to be viable. If you’d like to help it keep revealing the news as it is and not what the Establishment wants you to hear – and can afford to without hardship – please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here to set up a monthly donation via GoCardless (SKWAWKBOX will contact you to confirm the GoCardless amount). Thanks for your solidarity so SKWAWKBOX can keep doing its job.
If you wish to republish this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.