Momentum’s election of Jackie Walker to its conference arrangements committee is a powerful statement

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Jackie Walker (center right) at a meeting of Momentum in Brighton and Hove, in June [Image: The Electronic Intifada].

Jackie Walker (center right) at a meeting of Momentum in Brighton and Hove, in June [Image: The Electronic Intifada].

Jackie Walker was famously framed by activists from the Jewish Labour Movement at the last Labour conference in September, you may recall.

They filmed her as she discussed anti-Semitism and Holocaust Memorial Day in a workshop setting that was billed as a “safe space” in which different points of view may be discussed freely – and then they proved this claim to be a lie by publicising her words in an attempt to smear her.

The conspiracy was successful, to a certain degree; other members removed her from her position as Momentum vice-chair under pressure.

But Ms Walker did not say anything wrong. The definition of anti-Semitism that had been put forward at the workshop is discredited, and Holocaust Memorial Day did not recognise all victims of events that may be described under that term.

Now, Momentum has elected her to its conference arrangements committee in a clear message to the wider Labour Party: Put your house in order.

Labour’s own conference arrangers allowed the Jewish Labour Movement to flout the rules, taking video of what should have been a private meeting and using it, out of context, to harm a fellow party member. That should never have been permitted.

Ms Walker’s election to Momentum’s own conference committee says, very clearly, that the organisation will not countenance such behaviour in its own activities.

And it challenges Labour to do the same.

Controversial Momentum figure Jackie Walker has been elected to the conference arrangements committee at Momentum’s national committee meeting.

Walker, who was suspended from the Labour party over comments made about the holocaust and anti-semitism, was removed from her position as vice-chair of Momentum in the wake of her suspension from Labour.

Source: Jackie Walker elected to Momentum conference arrangements committtee | LabourList

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