Did Labour MP Chris Williamson make anti semitic remarks, what did he say and has he been suspended?


LABOUR MP Chris Williamson has been accused of making anti-semitic remarks.

Mr Williamson has since insisted that he’s been “an anti-racist” all his life. But what did he say?

 Chris Williamson, MP Derby North, outside Labour HQ in central London

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Chris Williamson, MP Derby North, outside Labour HQ in central London

Did Labour MP Chris Williamson make anti-semitic remarks?

Mr Williamson regretted his “choice of words” and insisted he had not intended to minimise the seriousness of anti-Semitism.

But his apology was rejected as “half-hearted” by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which sent a formal complaint calling for Mr Corbyn to withdraw the Labour whip.

He was filmed telling a meeting of the grassroots Momentum group that Labour’s reaction to anti-Semitism allegations had been “too apologetic”.

And he claimed their reaction had also led to the party being “demonised”.

 Mr Williams was once hailed as a 'very good, very effective Labour MP'

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Mr Williams was once hailed as a ‘very good, very effective Labour MP’

The video, obtained by the Yorkshire Post, was recorded at a meeting in Sheffield in the wake of last week’s resignation of eight Labour MPs to join the Independent Group.

Mr Williamson was also filmed saying he had celebrated the resignation of MP Joan Ryan, who quit Labour in protest over the handling of anti-Semitism and bullying complaints.

Has he been suspended?

Theresa May has challenged Mr Corbyn to suspend the man he once praised as a “very good, very effective Labour MP”.

And there was a furious response from Labour MPs, with deputy leader Tom Watson saying the apology was “not good enough” and issuing a formal request for Mr Williamson’s suspension.

A Labour spokesman said that Mr Williamson had been issued with a “notice of investigation for a pattern of behaviour”.

The spokesman added: “Chris Williamson has rightly apologised and withdrawn his remarks, and has been issued with a notice of investigation for a pattern of behaviour, and is not suspended during the investigation.”

But the spokesman later confirmed that Mr Williamson had been suspended.





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