Ms Smeeth had a Momentum campaigner kicked out of the Labour Party after an incident at the launch of Shami Chakrabarti’s report into alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour party on June 30.
A Telegraph reporter had handed her a leaflet Marc Wadsworth had been distributing, allegedly (I haven’t seen it) accusing Labour MPs who had rebelled against Mr Corbyn of treachery, and asked her (we’re told) for a comment.
Mr Wadsworth’s comment was: “I saw that the Telegraph handed a copy of a press release to Ruth Smeeth MP so you can see who is working hand in hand. If you look around this room, how many African Caribbean and Asian people are there? We need to get our house in order.”
He is a person of colour himself and says he had no idea Ms Smeeth is Jewish. But she had him booted from the party for anti-Semitism.
What part of his remark seems anti-Semitic, to you?
Now the same MP is accusing Mr Corbyn’s hundreds of thousands of supporters of anti-Semitism on equally flimsy grounds.
It seems she received a death threat via Facebook, on or around July 13. It was posted anonymously. There is no evidence in the public arena to suggest that it was written by a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, or even a member of the Labour Party (although I stand ready to be corrected if any such material comes to light in the future).
Her Facebook page contains no posts for the period between June 28 and August 30.
But she is determined to accuse Jeremy Corbyn, as though the actions of people who are perfectly capable of making their own decisions are somehow his fault.
How can he “name and shame his supporters who are perpetuating” – I think she means perpetrating – “this hate” when there is no reason to suggest that any of them have done anything wrong?
It was the same with Jess Phillips and her panic room. She said it was necessary because she was getting death threats from Corbyn supporters but – and again, correct me if I’m wrong – the only actual threat to kill was from someone in Germany.
And there’s the alleged brick through the alleged Wallasey constituency office window (it was actually a window onto a stairwell in a building shared by the local Labour Party with several other organisations) that Angela Eagle swore was thrown by Corbyn supporters – and again, we’re still waiting for evidence.
After the incident at the inquiry launch, logically the end to the matter should have been Ms Smeeth apologising for her overreaction and fabrication, with a possible addition that she is not “hand in hand” with the right-wing media, if she feels the need, as a previous article stated.
But the latest Guardian report repeats the falsehoods she was reported as stating at the time: “‘I was verbally attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional antisemitic slurs [he didn’t] to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy’ [he never said those words, so it is wrong of her to put them in inverted commas]. It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on antisemitism in the Labour party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people, which were ironically highlighted as such in Ms Chakrabarti’s report, while the leader of my own party stood by and did absolutely nothing.’ [It is unlikely that Mr Corbyn realised what was happening at the time. He commented later.]
“After calling on Corbyn to resign following the incident, Smeeth was subject to thousands of abusive messages on social media.” This is unverified. How many were actually abusive – which in this case means “cruel and violent treatment” – and how many were critical?
Bear in mind that it seems Ms Smeeth made a deliberately false representation of what happened that was debunked the very same day – by This Blog, among others.
People like Ms Smeeth are desperate to stop Mr Corbyn’s impending victory in the Labour leadership election with any trumped-up smear they can manage.
They complain about adverse attention they have attracted and want you to think it is all one-way – from Corbyn supporters against them – but This Writer is one of many pro-Corbyn commentators who has received shockingly abusive communications, simply for pointing out the inconsistencies in their stories.
So, there has been no proof of anti-Semitism or homophobia against this MP by Corbyn supporters. That part of it seems to be a product of an overactive imagination.
Police are investigating an antisemitic and homophobic online rant targeting Ruth Smeeth, a Labour MP.
Officers from the Metropolitan police counter terrorism command are investigating the threat in conjunction with the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, following the anonymous 1,000-word attack on the Stoke-on-Trent North MP, who is Jewish.
Facebook staff have been asked to help identify the person who posted the comments.
The Met said allegations of malicious communication and threats to kill made via social media were reported to the force on 13 July. “That investigation is ongoing. At this stage, whilst there have been no arrests, a number of lines of inquiry are being actively pursued.”
It is understood that police have increased security for Smeeth’s constituency office and homes, including panic buttons and CCTV cameras. Smeeth told the Guardian: “I refuse to be intimidated or scared by anyone who resorts to this appalling racist and threatening abuse and they alone are responsible for their actions. But let’s be clear: as leader of the official opposition and the head of my party, Jeremy Corbyn has a responsibility to lead and that means more then telling MPs to ignore abuse.
“He needs to name and shame his supporters who are perpetuating this hate and make it clear they are not welcome in our party if they have such abhorrent views.”
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