A student behind false claims of anti-Semitism at Oxford University will be expelled from the … Labour Party.
David Klemperer was suspended from the party for nominating an opposing candidate for Oxford council in this month’s local elections.
Labour’s Compliance Unit wrote to Klemperer on Monday giving notice he would have 14 days to appeal before his membership is revoked.
In an email obtained by The Electronic Intifada, Klemperer was described by a top Labour manager as one of “two who instigated the anti-Semitism row” at Oxford University Labour Club.
The second named in the email is Alex Chalmers, the former Israel lobby intern whose resignation as club co-chair in February kicked off the whole scandal.
Chalmers had claimed that the club’s endorsement of a Palestine solidarity education week was anti-Semitic.
Public records show that both Klemperer and Chalmers nominated Liberal Democrat candidates as local councillors. The Notice of Poll document proving this was available to download from Oxford council’s website on Saturday, but has since been removed – a redacted extract from the document is appended below.
Under Labour Party rules, this is grounds for expulsion.
On Tuesday, Labour published part of an inquiry into Chalmers’ allegations about Labour students at Oxford.
Jan Royall, Labour’s leader in the unelected House of Lords, concluded that there was no evidence of “institutional anti-Semitism within” Oxford Union Labour Club.
However, she recommended that leaders “examine the culture of their club” and said “difficulties” must be addressed “to ensure a safe space for all Labour students to debate.”
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