Chris Williamson gives his Labour enemies yet another reason to attack

Written by David Singleton on 31 May 2018 in Diary

Now the Corbynite MP is in hot water after attending a rally for an expelled party activist.

Since he was re-elected as Labour MP for Derby North just under a year ago, Chris Williamson has not exactly shied away from controversy.

For his first act in 2017, Williamson drew criticism from the likes of Jess Phillips and Stella Creasy for backing women-only train carriages.

He then put out a Christmas video that looked like thinly-veiled warning to fellow MPs to back Jeremy Corbyn or face deselection. And he said that Labour members should be free to choose their next leader without needing the permission of MPs.





More recently Williamson tore into "malcontent" Labour MPs as he backed claims by Len McCluskey that those challenging anti-Semitism were using the issue to undermine the Labour leader.

He also agreed to be a character witness for Marc Wadsworth, a party activist accused of anti-Semitism towards Labour MP Ruth Smeeth. And now he has come under fire after attending a campaign event for Wadsworth who was booted out of the Labour party last month.

"Chris has long been part of the problem, it is time the whips acted," fumed Progress director Richard Angell following the latest incident.

That view was echoed by the Labour Against Anti-Semitism group, which said: “Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly been asked to instruct his MPs not to share platforms with expelled members. Chris Williamson MP needs to have the whip withdrawn for this provocative action which will only cause further anger & distress."

But Williamson is not one to back down in the face of criticism from Labour moderates. Rather, the left winger told PoliticsHome he stood by his decision to attend the event - and predicted that the party would eventually reinstate the controversial campaigner.

“Marc is a veteran anti-racist campaigner and the National Constitutional Committee's decision has besmirched the reputation of a good man, so it cannot be allowed to unchallenged,” he said.

"The support from grassroots members for Marc Wadsworth's campaign is considerable and I am confident that he will eventually be reinstated."


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