Former Labour councillors, including well-known Jewish left-winger, launch fundraiser to fund legal action against Jess Phillips fan Jack Deakin
Four Green councillors either driven out by the Labour party’s purge of left-wingers and especially left-wing Jews, or who quit the party over the Labour right’s unchecked racism, have launched a crowdfund to take legal action against a right-wing Labour councillor who smeared them as antisemites, after he refused to delete and apologise for his defamatory tweet.
Cllr Jack Deakin, a Jess Phillips fan who was caught out claiming to have voted for Jeremy Corbyn while he was still a member of, ironically, the Greens, tweeted a foul smear claiming that the councillors joining the Greens meant that the Green party is now a home for antisemites.
The crowdfund page explains:
On 12 August, 2022 Birmingham City Labour Councillor Jack Deakin retweeted a positive article about former Labour councillors who moved to the Green Party, BUT He added his own comment
“The Green Party – proud to host your antisemites for you. Put that on a billboard, bab.”
He is clearly referring to the Green councillors named in the link to the article he retweeted.
We have contacted him and submitted a Code of Conduct complaint to Birmingham City Council. He has refused to apologise. The tweet remains live at the time of writing.
Who are we? – Councillors for the Green Party: Ekua Bayunu, Jo Bird, Kevin Frea and Heather Skibsted
Summary -Please support Green Party councillors in their libel challenge against Labour councillor, Jack Deakin.
Call to action – We are asking for donations towards our legal costs to commence legal action against Mr Deakin. We need your support: please contribute and share this page now!
What are we trying to achieve? –
We have learned from many people’s bitter experience, that to take no effective challenge to smears increases the risk of further libel and damage – no matter how vexatious or evidence-free the allegations are.
Such allegations undermine all forms of anti-racism and could be damaging for many elected Green Party representatives and members.
We want to nip this in the bud and send a clear message to everyone that Anti-semitism is a serious form of racism and casually throwing around unfounded allegations undermines the real struggles by Jewish people and their allies to fight real cases of antisemitism.
What is the next step in the case? –
Having exhausted the direct approach asking for the tweet to be deleted and an apology issued, we have now sought legal advice and have been informed that our claim has reasonable prospects of succeeding.
We now need to commence the legal action, pre-action stage, which we need your assistance with.
How much we are raising and why? –
Unlike MPs, local councillors are not well paid. We have allowances, not salaries. We are asking for contributions towards our legal costs. Whilst further amounts may be required, at this stage, £3,600 is required to commence the claim and we have put some of our own money on account towards this sum.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and please donate to support our legal action.
Recent legal actions have seen substantial damages awarded against individuals and newspapers for similar smears. Cllr Deakin was contacted for comment but did not respond.
Those who wish to donate toward the crowdfund, which at the time of writing has already raised almost £800 of its £3,600 initial target since it was launched last night, can do so here.
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